TokBox Transforms WebRTC Into Commercial-Grade Video Chat Platform With Launch of Cloud-Scaling in OpenTok
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Apr 24, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
TokBox, a Telefonica Digital company, today released the most
advanced upgrade for WebRTC video communications with the
introduction of new cloud infrastructure for the OpenTok on WebRTC
Mantis, a media distribution framework, provides a major upgrade to
WebRTC client capability, including:
-- High-quality multi-party video calls
-- Cross-browser compatibility for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
-- Cross-device compatibility for iOS native apps and Chrome on Android
-- SIP interop: ability to dial in to a WebRTC video session from any
cell or landline phone
-- Reduced upload bandwidth consumption with ability to scale out a
single WebRTC stream to many endpoints
Proprietary to TokBox, Mantis intelligently routes, scales and shapes
video streams traveling through the OpenTok on WebRTC Platform. These
industry-first capabilities make OpenTok the first to provide a truly
scalable commercial WebRTC platform for developers.
Off-the-shelf WebRTC limits the number of video call participants due
to upload bandwidth restrictions. OpenTok solves this with Mantis
acting as a central cloud-based switching station for all WebRTC
streams, allowing the live face-to-face video conversation to scale
up, without requiring additional upstream bandwidth.
OpenTok also enables interoperability with telephony endpoints.
Leveraging Telefonica Digital's telecom infrastructure, OpenTok now
incorporates a complete SIP interop between PSTN or VOIP endpoints
and WebRTC-enabled group video calls. This enables users who are not
video-enabled to dial-in to any multi-party video session.
Existing partners with applications or services already running on
the OpenTok for WebRTC Platform will automatically benefit from the
new capabilities without requiring any updates or code changes.
Mantis was previously made available in closed beta to a number of
OpenTok partners, including Roll20.
Roll20 co-creator Nolan T. Jones said: "Native WebRTC offers a range
of advantages that we're excited to bring to our users, who
frequently use over 100,000 minutes of video chat per day. OpenTok's
additional infrastructure is the icing on the cake, giving us ways to
better handle large group sizes and make WebRTC even more user
friendly. Roll20's strength is based in being a cutting edge,
browser-based program focused on making communication between users
simple, and OpenTok's new platform is helping to make that possible."
Ian Small, TokBox CEO, commented: "We continue to invest heavily to
deliver the building blocks around WebRTC that make it possible for
developers and organizations to create and manage live video
communication services and applications, delivering against
real-world use cases."
"The WebRTC standard has so many virtues, but at the same time is
still far from delivering the end-to-end capability that real-world
apps need. For the benefit of anyone who believes in the value of
live face-to-face communications, OpenTok evolves WebRTC into a
legitimate commercial platform."
The introduction of Mantis follows the release of native support for
Google Chrome, iOS and Firefox through OpenTok on WebRTC. It
continues TokBox's commitment to remain the leading platform of
choice for organizations and developers looking to develop and manage
applications and service that incorporate live video communications.
TokBox will be demonstrating Mantis at The Next Web conference in
Amsterdam, April 25-26.
SOURCE: TokBox Inc.
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