Frozen Mountain Adds Real-Time Data Streaming to IceLink Following Best WebRTC Tool 2015 Award
Langley, British Columbia-based Frozen Mountain, creators of IceLink, a cross-browser WebRTC stack, has announced enhancements to IceLink that enable it to go beyond audio/video conferencing to support all forms of data transmission including text chat, file transfer and more through the use of reliable data channels. The company states that this makes IceLink “the most versatile and complete vendor-neutral WebRTC solution on the market, and the first to implement reliable data channels across all platforms.”
“The main advantage of IceLink’s use of reliable data channels is that you can establish a peer-to-peer connection and stream large amounts of data quickly from one peer to the other without data loss,” says Ted Venema, VP of Business Development at Frozen Mountain Software. “IceLink adds reliability to the normally unreliable WebRTC UDP transmission used for audio/video transmission, which eliminates congestion-related speed issues commonly found on TCP/IP tools.”
IceLink made waves at the WebRTC World conference in Miami this year where it won Best WebRTC Tool 2015 after being presented to a live audience of industry experts.
The expansion of support into other data formats is significant. Frozen Mountain is touting the new capabilities as enabling reliable and unreliable data transmission to happen in parallel to each other in real-time—keeping server load down and resulting in 100 percent accurate data transfer with no dropped packets for data transmitted over the reliable data channels.
What this means for WebRTC in general is a boost for expanding use cases. For example, Frozen Mountain cites the utility of its IceLink enhanced WebRTC solution for real-time telehealth. It believes that the ability to now provide a secure online patient portal means patients and healthcare providers can not only videoconference but also view real-time biometric information. This same secure and reliable extension of WebRTC functionality is also seen as helping drive WebRTC developer interest in such vertical markets as distance education, virtual classrooms, customer support and advanced general business conferencing and meetings.
What’s next for IceLink in the next major release is support for screen-sharing, recording, the H.264 codec and support for Microsoft Edge—in short, the full portfolio of WebRTC-enabled functionality that is whetting the appetites of not just developers, but also service providers around the world.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino