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Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) applications emerge as the tech stabilizes

Michael Frendo, EVP of Worldwide Engineering, Polycom | Aug. 7, 2015
Perhaps the single-most significant standards based technological advancement in the field of unified communications over the past year has been the completion of Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard and the appearance of several WebRTC based implementations.

The number of different industries that are implementing WebRTC functionality into their apps speaks volumes about how advanced the API is and hints at what it might be capable of in the future. Aside from telehealth and customer service, WebRTC is currently being implemented by social networking companies, gaming companies, telecommunications, video conferencing and more.

WebRTC of the future

WebRTC as a viable technology is coming of age in 2015, and although it has a long list of enhancements slated before it reaches its full potential, the presently implanted applications of the technology are very encouraging. 

In order to reach its potential, developers will need to reach agreements and further define the standards that will define the broader WebRTC . Some of the most pressing standards on which developers will need to align include, screen capture APIs, Depth Camera (3D range images), and Simulcast video. Developers in the WebRTC community have made huge progress in 2015 and we expect that process will continue over the next few years.

On the business level, the community will move on from the question of "how to make money from WebRTC?" and begin to demonstrate how to use WebRTC to reach and service existing users and encourage existing business models to use the technology in effective ways.

For WebRTC to deliver on its full potential, it will need to hit two key milestones. First, it needs to gain wide spread acceptance from Microsoft and Apple. Google's support is certainly important, but the other two major players need to weigh in to ensure it is pervasive. Second, it needs to incorporate wider support for video codecs. This will allow it to incorporate more forms of media and offer more solutions to developers. While there is much work to be done, WebRTC has already proven itself to be a major advancement in the field of Unified Communications and the future is bright.


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