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Real Time Communications Week in Review: Apple, AVST, GENBAND

October 31, 2015

For those who celebrate it, happy Halloween! Today we've got a trick-or-treat bag crammed to the brim with all the best in news this week from the real time communications sector. So before setting out for chocolate, parties, or both, settle in and let's run down all the biggest news of the week with our Week in Review coverage!

First we had a look at the future of Web-based real time communications (WebRTC), and how even Apple wants a piece of this market. Apple—one of the last major tech firms to get in on WebRTC—recently put up a job listing for a WebKit Media Engineer – WebRTC on its jobs website that made it seem like Apple was ready to go. But it was far from alone, as many other companies looked to contribute growth to WebRTC.

Next, AVST stepped in with an update to its Atom personal assistant system. The newest version comes with a set of tools geared toward virtualization as well as cloud operations. Its most important feature is its always-on functionality, constantly running in the background of mobile devices to provide contextual location information. It can deliver voicemail and faxes to most any device specified, and can carry this out all from voice commands, making it a great hands-free alternative.

GENBAND then offered up a new look at its portfolio of products as it readies a presence at Brazil's Futurecom event. GENBAND will show off not only its Kandy system, but also its fring OTT and Smart Office systems as well as its SPiDR WebRTC gateway and its Nuvia cloud service. GENBAND chief marketing officer Patrick Joggerst referred to the event as a “strategic show” providing a chance at gaining GENBAND a lot of ground in the region.

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Then we had a look at some new value-added services for real time communications users. A slate of six occupied thoughts this week, starting with an ability to save and archive media streams. Speech-to-text functionality came in next, as did real-time translation, biometric recognition, emotional analysis, and image recognition. Adding each of these to real time communications would open up a host of new options and make this already potent service a market powerhouse.

Finally, we saw one of the biggest problems business faced these days: overly complex business apps. With many businesses reporting time and productivity lost as employees tried—and sometimes failed outright—to navigate professional apps, some businesses even saw employees ignore corporate-approved apps in favor of consumer goods that were easier to use. But just pulling out of current apps would be a costly strategy, requiring at least $14 million if 1,500 licenses were involved.

That was the week that was in real time communications, and what a week it was. Our global online community wasn't scared in the least to bring back the biggest news for us to consider, so be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!

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