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August 23, 2012

WebRTC May Radically Change Communications

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Communications could see a major change thanks to WebRTC. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is an API being drawn up by the World Wide Web Consortium, serving as open project that enables Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities via Javascript APIs.

It enables rich, high-quality RTC applications be developed in the browser through simple Javascript APIs and HTML5, according to a WebRTC site. Furthermore, it is now using Web developer feedback to improve the WebRTC API.

The WebRTC initiative is supported by Google, Mozilla (News - Alert) and Opera, and in considering WebRTC’s potential impact on communications, technology consultant Phil Edholm says WebRTC is a real “game changer.”

“With WebRTC I can just point my device at your server and interact with you,” Edholm told TMC (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani in a recent interview. “We can add communications to virtually everything.”


It is also an “enabling technology,” which can be used to build a soft client that runs on a browser or be used to add communications to other sites, he added.

To see the full interview, please click here.

Providing strategic consulting at the intersection of computing, networking and communications, PKE Consulting specializes in Unified Communications or Communications Enabled Business Processes.  For details, please click here.

Edholm is the president and founder of PKE Consulting. He has over 30 years’ experience in networking and communications. Previously, he was vice president for Technology Strategy and Innovation at Avaya (News - Alert). There, he was responsible for portfolio architecture, standards activities and user experience. Prior to Avaya, he was CTO/CSO for nine years at the Nortel (News - Alert) Enterprise business.

In 2007, he was recognized by Frost and Sullivan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Growth, Innovation and Leadership in Telecommunications. He was also awarded some 13 patents.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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