WebRTC Solutions Week in Review: TADHACK, mini-TADHACK, and Avi Networks
News in the WebRTC space this week covers a coming hackathon, an innovative use of the WebRTC protocol to literally light up a conference, and the release of a next-generation application deliver controller for OpenStack.
The hackathon in question is the Telecom Application Developer Hackathon, also known as TADHACK, that will be happening in just a couple of weeks. This is an event that will take place, physically, in locations around the globe. TMC reports that the cities involved are Lisbon, Chicago, Raleigh, London, Dublin, Madrid, New Delhi, Colombo, Jaffna, Israel, Istanbul, Bangladesh, Melbourne, and Buenos Aires. If interested participants are not near those cities, they can also join remotely in the competition that will offer a $35,000 prize for the best use of the sponsor's development resources. The event is growing fast and has moved from six host cities last year to 14 this year. There is no telling yet how many registrations, compared to 700 last year there will be this time around.
A recent mini TADHACK in London saw interested results when participant Niel Stratford said he “wanted to build something that demonstrated WebRTC in a different way that wasn’t traditional audio or video communication.” What do you get when you drop audio/video from a communications protocol? Well, Stratford got lights as he controlled a string of LED lighting strips by using the data channel within WebRTC. He basically connected the lights as if they were devices on the Internet of Things. In the end, the lights could be controlled with voice and video which could lead to ambient lighting conditions that respond to environmental input.
The last news to report this week comes from cloud application developer Avi Networks that recently announced its new application deliver controller that works in OpenStack environments. Avi launched the product at yet another conference, the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver that took place last weekend, and showed the crowd that its new device contains a control plane, data plane, analytics engine, and service module for provisioning and managing network services. The overall result of its launch is an application controller that is able to scale with OpenStack according to user demand. It is meant for instant response to user demands from the cloud and on mobile devices, so it maintains a close relationship with OpenStack to award users with speed and scalability.