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June 29, 2017

Tokbox Powers LUV's Live Video Chat

A company called Level Up Village (LUV) has introduced live video chat functionality to its Global Communication Platform. The announcement was made this week at the ISTE 2017 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where the organization is staging a series of live chat demonstrations.

Level Up Village provides students around the world with courses in art, engineering, math, science, and technology. These classes allow for collaboration between students in far-flung locations around the world. They communicate about life and the projects on which they are working together via guided asynchronous video messages.                                              

“The addition of video chat technology to our Global Communication Platform represents another big step forward in connecting students globally,” said Amy McCooe, the CEO and co-founder of Level Up Village, a five-year-old company based in Old Greenwich, Conn. “Our goal is to provide a dynamic and authentic experience for students while giving schools everything they need to facilitate global collaboration between their students and partner students at one of our global partner organizations around the world.”

The new video chat capability from Level Up Village, which is powered by TokBox technology, will be available across the world starting in September. It’s in a pilot test now with students in the U.S. and Zimbabwe.

This solution leverages browser-based WebRTC technology and video streaming based on TokBox’s SDK, telecom, network and media servers. The Level Up Village platform, meanwhile, runs on Amazon Web Services.

WebRTC is a technology that allows developers to easily add real-time voice and video communications to new and existing applications. And it allows people to use these capabilities without having to download plug-ins or other software.

“WebRTC … is transforming the communications landscape by providing web-based video, voice, and chat that can be built into, or embedded into, web and mobile apps without the need for any traditional PSTN calling at all – everything flows over the open internet,” Phil Edholm, president and founder of PKE Consulting, wrote in a recently issue of TMC’s INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. “A set of new CPaaS 2.0 companies are emerging that are focused on this new web/mobile world in which the PSTN is not part of the conversation. New companies like Temasys and Tokbox are in this space, as is GENBAND with its Kandy platform. A CPaaS 2.0 solution delivers all the elements to deploy, including simple APIs, infrastructure, TURN servers, media servers, and even IP transport management.”

Edited by Alicia Young
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