Looking back at WebRTC expo

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With our fourth WebRTC Conference & Expo now a week behind us, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the event.  There was never a dull moment for Team TokBox in Atlanta. We gave a keynote address, participated in several panel discussions, gave a live demo of our video driver and manned our bustling booth complete with a Bridgestone Golf B-FIT kiosk.

Our Chairman, Ian Small, kicked off the event for us by delivering a keynote focused on WebRTC from a telco perspective. It wouldn’t be a keynote for Ian without a slew of OpenTok demos showing off the latest and greatest in our platform.

We demo’ed…

  • OpenTok platform support for Intel’s X86 chipset using an Asus tablet.

  • MindMeld + OpenTok combined for customer service: MindMeld’s algorithm understands your conversation by listening to your audio stream and identifies the key concepts and meaning of your conversation and delivers relevant results. As a result, they can automatically find relevant information for you and serve relevant pictures, videos, articles and documents to your fingertips.

  • A sneak peak at Audio Detection: Only available internally, this technology intelligently detects who is speaking, and prioritizes their video stream. This is great for use cases like a virtual classroom, collaborative work session and more. Stay tuned for more information about the release of the API for this!

  • A glimpse at our experimental communications service with Mozilla.

What we enjoy most about expo is the opportunity to hear from other innovators in the space, check out their new features and to hear about the future challenges they anticipate. The biggest takeaways from the conference came in what we heard from attendees, whether they were enterprise customers telcos, analysts or fellow vendors.

  • As there has been little movement from Microsoft and Apple in supporting WebRTC in Safari, Apple devices and Internet Explorer, endpoint support continues to be a hot topic. We’re impressed in particular with Temasys – they are committed to furthering support for Safari and IE through plugins which they are open-sourcing free of charge.

  • We noticed a number of companies like Dialogic and Oracle are working on delivering gateways for next generation media networks in addition to some strides towards integration with legacy telephony systems.

  • Another interesting development seems to be that Microsoft is slowly moving into WebRTC by committing to eventually roll out some variant of Object RTC with WebRTC 1.0 backwards compatibility in IE.

We still believe that our core message stands after this show: We think WebRTC is terrific, but to develop and deliver enterprise-grade applications, developers and enterprises need more than just a standard.  They need OpenTok. And we were able to demonstrate that the adoption of this technology isn’t in the far flung future – it’s happening today. There are real customers, with real clout, building innovative applications with WebRTC today. The perfect example of this was that our friends from Technology One Group and Bridgestone Golf were kind enough to set up one of their B-FIT video chat kiosks in our booth.

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Between our keynote, speaking sessions, live demos and booth we had another great show. Once again WebRTC Expo gave a real insight into the technology and served to prove that WebRTC is on the brink of becoming a game changing technology. It’s evident that the WebRTC ecosystem is growing and evolving.

With the conference now in our rearview window, we’re getting back to business. We look forward to continuing to push the standard forward, and help our customers deliver enterprise-grade communications experiences with OpenTok.

Until next time WebRTC Expo!