WebRTC Single Page Application (Photo credit: Tsahi Levent-Levi)
As I wing it towards Atlanta I had a chance to do a quick read of the news that's coming out on the subject of WebRTC. As I mentioned earlier in the week, there will be lots of news announcements coming out surrounding the WebRTC World Conference being held this week there. As expected most of news is about new offerings, new providers and some very important announcements about interoperability, scalability, reliability and development efforts. Make no mistake about this. The bigger and more established firms in the space like Genband, Sansay, Acme Packet and Voxeo are all taking WebRTC very seriously, and making moves to be front and center in this emerging area of real time communications.
If anything, the lack of a standard will mean greater need for APIs, intergration and interop capabilities, so this is another time where I wish long time pal, Carl Ford, would resume those interop labs of old from the VON conference era.
But, I digress. So here's the news for today, on WebRTC---Early Edition.
1. Client, and long time in the cloud, software based SansayTM Inc. makes news with a next-generation session border controller (SBC) and their RAPID developer program designed to help telcos, VoIP providers, developers, mobile operators and other companies target that growing customer base to more quickly be creating enterprise- and carrier-grade WebRTC applications and services that can go to market immediately. Access to the RAPID preview is available now at developer.sansay.com. Developers also can request access to the WebSBC cloud for app testing, which will ensure a high-quality user experience for their customers from the very first day of deployment.
This is very important because with over 350 actual service providers, telcos, contact/call centers and others using Sansay, their ability to make interoperability really happen is key. Sansay is known as the experts here, and their customers constantly tell us just how great their team is at solving the "other guys" problems faster. The start of a Developer Program with Rapid is also important as Sansay's team recognizes the telecom world is not standing still. Sansay's team will be on site at WebRTC World this week.
2. Bistiri, who claims to be the first Open Video Chat Platform for WebRTC. has created a WebRTC API and here again, integration and the developers are the key. They chose to work wih 3scale to reach into the dev community who want to include Video Calling, Video Conferencing, Screen Sharing, and Data Channels. By working with 3Scale Bistiri can launch and manage their APIs faster to a network of developers. The key is finding the right devs, not just a massive number though, who know where and how to deploy, manage and actually monitize a service.
3. PubNub, the globally distributed Real-Time Network, released the PubNub WebRTC SDK to deliver rich collaboration solutions. This is already being deployed by Ondello, a company that lets you brand your own WebRTC conferencing and calling suite. My quick view this morning of Ondello reminded me of UberConference the first WebRTC player to commercially deploy, and the brainchild of pal Craig Walker of GrandCentral fame. Ondello gives you a custom branded meeting room, has a simple and fast sign up, and lets you quickly socialize it to get to more people, more quickly.
4. Voxeo Labs, which is the kitchen for Voxeo when it comes to APIs, is touting the release of the 2nd edition of “WebRTC: APIs and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web”. Authored by Voxeo Labs Chief Scientist, Dr. Daniel Burnett, and Dr. Alan Johnston the new edition will be available from Amazon in paperback and digital formats, and contains the latest updates on the W3C and IETF documents for the emerging WebRTC standard. These are primers for developers, and serve to provide deep background as well as helpful tips to write better apps. Of course, this is also aimed to get the devs working with Voxeo, but they are one of the more reliable players in the telecom sector.
5. BrowseTel.com is promising to simplify your communications system with their service that rides on Google infrastructure. Their approach is to connecting an individual or company's multichannel presence, by delivering contact center services over multiple platforms by connecting voice, video and data messages through a browser based webphone, eventually device agnostic once WebRTC is available on more than Chrome and the nightly builds of Firefox. The folks there "envision" WebRTC being a part of the contact center experience, something I agree on.
Watch for an update from the conference...