WebRTC Solutions Week in Review: Okee, BloodNet, Coviu, 3CX, Microsoft, Switch
A review of WebRTC Solutions news this week reveals real-time communications' reach into the medical field, mobile business communications, browser-based high-definition video, and video calling across desktop and mobile devices. Respectively, Okee, BloodNet, Coviu, 3CX, Microsoft, and Switch all strut their stuff.
First up, TMC announced that Okee has grabbed a top honor from the iAwards. This group of awards comes from Australian judges to honor Australian companies. Okee, for its part, has created an app which uses games to introduce children to the effects of medical imaging. By interacting with characters, children can find out that medical imaging does not have to be scary, and it can help assure parents that their children will be fine inside, for instance, magnetic resonance imaging machines. BloodNet, a Web-based system for ordering blood from the Red Cross, and Coviu, an emerging WebRTC-based communications platform, also found recognition from iAwards for their developments.
3CX is working to refine its own product with the release of Version 14 of its 3CX Phone System for Windows. The new version tackles the mobile workforce by extending the use of PUSH notifications to wake up a mobile device upon alert of an incoming call. The company has also added support for WebRTC-based videoconferencing with options for recording, remote control, and feedback polling.
Speaking of Windows, the new Edge browser for Windows 10 will now contain support for VP9, the open source video coding format that promotes HD streaming at a low bitrate. Other browsers—Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—currently support VP9 as part of the HTML5 video tag. This development could lead Microsoft toward the path of WebRTC where communications remain secure and available on any device through those other browsers listed above.
Finally this week, Switch has announced its support for video calling through a new beta program. Switch video comes in addition to its standard audio calling platform that allows business officials to communicate with any device that supports Chrome. This means the Linux, Mac, and Windows desktop operating systems and the Android and iOS mobile OS's are all fair game. Video support will arrive through WebRTC just as the currently supported audio communication does.