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SURF Communications Launches Multimedia Communications & Processing Platform

June 04, 2015

The path forward for real-time multimedia communications can be characterized by one word, “INTEROPERABILITY.” There is an old saying, confirmed by the history of communications from the PSTN to facsimile to SMS etc., that all boats rise when the tide comes in.  In short, everyone benefits when islands of communications functionality disappear. 

For the moment this happens to be the case with WebRTC.  There still is not universal browser support thanks to some dawdling by Microsoft and a lack of interest by Apple along with the challenges of codec issues. A company that has stepped in to literally and figuratively bridge the gap is Misgav, Israel-based SURF Communication Solutions. The processing solutions company recently launched its SURF-HMP comprehensive multimedia communications and processing platform. It is worth looking at how the solution addresses the interoperability challenges.

Surf’s up

As SURF explains, the SURF-HMP, its multimedia processing engine facilitating a multitude of applications including:

  • Transcoding
  • Conferencing/mixing
  • MRF,
  • Playout
  • Recording
  • Messaging
  • Video Surveillance

In addition, it does resolve what it calls the “battle between codecs” in the WebRTC world. It does so by  supporting any-to-any transcoding between H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9 codecs. And, as they add, “coping with signaling and termination gap challenges, SURF-HMP grows to be an imperative building-block when interconnecting between legacy/incumbent operator networks and emerging WebRTC environments.”

Mr. Avi Fisher, SURF’s CEO explained, “We anticipated the need for a comprehensive platform that would accommodate the individual needs of heterogeneous audiences, boosting-up the ROI of Service Providers relinquishing archaic-dedicated network equipment for uniform server farms running s/w-based services,  integrators seeking ultra-high resolution processing for Video Surveillance applications and others. SURF-HMP utilizes COTS Intel processors, helping customers realize the NFV/SDN model of a complete separation between the telecom processing platform and the processing hardware.”

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Ariel Linker, SURF’s Vice President of Sales commented, “Driven by the vast disposition of Cloud-based and SDN networks for 4G/LTE services, most market analysts share the consensus that starting 2015 NFV platforms will move out from lab phases into commercial ‘productization’, expected to account for over 90 percent of operator deployments in APAC, US and Western Europe. SURF-HMP is by far the best of breed, reinforcing SURF’s leading position in this technological space.”

For our community’s frequent visitors, it is no secret that the transcoding challenges as constraints on WebRTC growth have been a major topic of concern from the beginning.  While the battles have subsided to a certain degree over codecs, the ability to bring the legacy real-time communications world into the WebRTC one are important if the surf going up is to enable all WebRTC boats to rise. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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