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WebRTC and Webinars: A Great Match

November 06, 2015

Making webinar participation easier and more secure is something webinar hosts such as myself are always interested in.  It was thus attention grabbing that the latest TruConf Server 4.3.5 enterprise video conferencing service solution includes WebRTC functionality. 

TrueConf has provided useful functionality that, by leveraging WebRTC, allows enterprise licenses to host public video conferences in a secure manner.  As the company points out, “Unlike cloud services, a webinar administrator using TrueConf Server has a complete control over the infrastructure of the conference, offering maximum security for the event.”

How it works

TruConf went on to explain how sessions are created and guests are accommodated:

  • On the ease of use side of things, guests need only enter their username and click the ‘Enter as a Guest’ button to join the conference.
  • Guests can access the webinar via an embedded link, which displays information on the event and a one-click guest entry form via WebRTC.
  • All webinar participants receive an e-invitation when the event is scheduled. Every invitation includes a file in .ics format to integrate the event with the calendar of their choice: Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar or Mozilla Thunderbird.
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Webinars are widely popular for both internal and public interactions. They are also increasingly being relied on as a critical marketing tool. And there is a lot of company confidential and critical information generated from webinars, which puts a premium on visibility and security.

This is a point highlighted by Michael Gotalsky, TrueConf CEO, who says, “Webinar support is the result of detailed analysis of video conferencing solutions available on the market. We paid attention to the fact that the customers often look for an easy way to communicate beyond the enterprise network.” He added, “Webinars – as a part of a dedicated video conferencing server – are a convenient way for users to participate in group conferences by following the link, [a feature] well-known from cloud-based products but now made to be truly secure.”

The company notes that the public conferences extension is only available in the full version of TrueConf Server and requires additional licensing, and that pricing plans for 50 and 100 guest users are now available in the license calculator. The plan extends the Server license to let both registered users on TrueConf Server and guest users participate in webinars.

“Webinar support is the result of detailed analysis of video conferencing solutions available on the market. We paid attention to the fact that the customers often look for an easy way to communicate beyond the enterprise network,” says Michael Gotalsky, TrueConf CEO.

“Webinars – as a part of a dedicated video conferencing server – are a convenient way for users to participate in group conferences by following the link, [a feature] well-known from cloud-based products but now made to be truly secure.”

As has been described in previous articles about WebRTC gaining traction in real-time communications, it is likely that in a few years its presence as foundational to broad-reaching secure communications will just be part of services plumbing.  And that is a good thing.  WebRTC and webinars, particularly as video becomes more important, are a great pairing for of user experience and security.

 


Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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