What is Web RTC? WebRTC stand for Web Real-Time Communication. It is an API definition drafted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that supports browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without the need of either internal or external plugins.
With WebRTC real time communication that includes high quality audio, video and text chat can take place between users by utilizing the browsers. In other words, communications is now possible from within Chrome and Firefox browsers without the need to install any specific plug-ins or downloads that have slowed the rate of adoption of video technologies. WebRTC API can also be used within growing number of mobile based browsers.
With WebRTC which is open-source, businesses can develop high-quality video chat capabilities.. Earlier, only larger corporations could afford to invest the thousands of dollars needed for collaboration architecture. With availability of WebRTC, with relatively low investment, any organization can develop a solution to meet its specific needs. However, you do need to understand the ins and out of it and you may be better off using an experience firm in this field and let them provide you with the solution that could meet your needs best.
For end users WebRTC offers two major advantages:
- Simplicity – no need for additional applications or plug-ins.
- Security – WebRTC provides a higher security level than most currently available commercial telephony systems.
Small Businesses Will Reap WebRTC Technology & High Quality Video Chat Benefits
As webRTC is browser based technology, the accesability to high qaulity video does not require broad and often expensive infrastructure. In the past, small businesses refrained from investing in video chat solutions because of the constraint that one propriety standard or client would not work with another. WebRTC is likely to eliminate this constrain.
Generally speaking, all a user needs to have URL they can use to connect to another party to enter a meeting. This does not require the download of a client or a plug-in and no need for a complex sign-in process. Keeping this simplicity is mind, WebRTC-based video chat can easily be adopted with several businesses that like to add video chat functionalities to their sites.
Individual Users To Benefit Too
This no-fuss, in-browser technology will revolutionize not only how businesses communicate, but will also take on a more personal undertone and extend towards individual users as well. Now talking with friends and family becomes much easier with this HTML-based tech. Individual users will not have to install or download third-party plug-ins from services like Skype or Google Hangouts. Because this seamless tech offers video and voice chat capabilities natively in one’s browser, individual users don’t have to set up an account of any kind. All chats occur on a webpage itself, which the users sets up on a site that supports WebRTC. To chat with family and friends, all the user needs to do is share the link to that web page.
Firefox, Chrome, and Opera support WebRTC while at this point Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari still do not support this high-quality video chat capabilities. Skype has recently announced its Skype for Web project which plans usage of WebRTC.