WebRTC World Feature Article

May 17, 2014

WebRTC World Week in Review

WebRTC and the growth of real time communications applications and services are fueling more companies, developers and products joining the market. Here are the top WebRTC stories this week.

Temasys developed a plugin for IE and Safari. In effect, what it has done is become the Adobe of WebRTC with this plugin.  Like Adobe’s Flash, we now have a way to see (and hear) things beyond the specifications of the browser.

FCB Brazil and the CNA language school recently launched Speaking Exchange, an educational project that connects students and seniors over the Internet. The project has pedagogical and social monitoring of CNA – after engaging in a conversation the tool uploads the video to a private YouTube channel for teacher evaluations. For now, the project is in beta. Speaking Exchanges uses the Internet to connect students with seniors, but it requires a free app to install in the users’ computers. In other words, it’s not using WebRTC, since WebRTC is completely free of plugins, downloads or installations, but it highlights the potential of this type of technology and the growing number of uses integrating Web-based Internet real-time communications.

Weemo, a provider of video conferencing services, is offering video conferencing as a “Zimlet” for Zimbra. Weemo has a number of features to improve the quality of video conferencing, including automatically adjusting the video resolution and can jump back to conversations if they’re interrupted, which is useful over spotty Wi-Fi connections.

High-definition, VoIP-driven voice service is certainly upon the business community. It offers the highest quality audio transmission technology can muster, and it offers audio cheaply and in a range of formats. It is poised to entirely take over the old voice standard, PSTN, but that aging standard is still firmly planted because the codecs that support VoIP are not yet working in concert with one another. We took a look at the nature of the divide between the two methods of voice transmission.

It wasn't too long ago that Comcast's principal architect from the office of the CTO Chris Wendt first dropped word about how Comcast's new X1 platform would bring with it some Web-based real-time communications (WebRTC) capability when it became widely available in 2015. But now, further word has emerged to better note what those capabilities will bring to the user, and based on the current reports, Comcast's X1 is going to have quite a bit going for it when it arrives for the user.

David Alozie, one of the speakers at the upcoming WebRTC Conference & Expo, gave us a global view of WebRTC this week on Internet infrastructures in Africa and the switch to OTT Internet communication solutions.

We also caught up with John Riordan, CTO and head of engineering at OnSIP, to talk about the WebRTC industry, adoption and awareness and how OnSIP is playing in the development of real time communications.

Interoute is already the owner and operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, and the company has decided to put that network to use with the development of Interoute One Bridge. This service is a unique global platform designed to unify voice and video conferences into a single platform, which anyone with the program can join using any device, anywhere.

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