WebRTC Solutions Week in Review: AT&T, Radisys, Google, Congo
The review of WebRTC Solutions news this week begins with several accolades for the top companies in the field. The first recognition comes from AT&T which recently posted the “Top 19 Companies in WebRTC” on its blog. The extensive list provides some detail about why the companies made the list, so this review will begin by mentioning just the top five.
Coming in first is Google, which has provided constant attention to the W3C standard and is now paving that way for all other developers to get involved. Facebook, with WebRTC support for video chat in its Messenger application, comes in second. Next is Citrix which, with GoToMeeting, has fully embraced this new communications technology. TokBox comes in fourth with its OpenTok platform-as-a-service; it is now part of Telefonica and therefore is making headway in the traditional realm of telecommunications companies. Finally, Sinch rounds out the top five with its communications APIs that try to make WebRTC simple to use.
TMC also recently offered its opinion by placing Radisys on its list of top telecommunications performers. Radisys just took home a 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for its vMRF software server, which efficiently handles the transmission of VoLTE, RCS, and WebRTC without a lot of hardware overhead. Big-name companies such as Metaswitch, Mitel, Nokia, Oracle, and ZTE all reportedly use the server for their media processing needs.
Speaking of Google, the search giant just released its latest WebRTC public service announcement that outlines the steps the company is taking to improve use of its Chrome browser. It mentioned that top priorities are the release of an echo canceler for ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows, creation of an option for controlling multiple communications routes, implementation of an audio output API, and adding an RtcpMuxPolicy. Google is looking for developer help to make sure these projects are bug-free and ready for public use.
Lastly this week, it is worth noting that the big players aren’t the only ones addressing WebRTC. A Boulder-based startup, Congo, hopes to advance the legal industry with simple chat functions. Congo software allows users to schedule short appointments with lawyers who can answer questions such as, “What is tort law?” It means to take the fear and intimidation away from legal issues. Moreover, it means to remove consumer costs by making the Congo website a subscription for lawyers but free to consumers. Lawyers end up benefiting because it lowers their client acquisition costs and provides exposure to helpful lawyers involved on the site.