With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 coming to an end, that brings with it a whole new flood of news about new developments in the real time communications field. Thankfully, we've got a weekend on hand to better digest all this news, so let's take advantage of it as only we can. Settle in, get comfortable, and prepare for a great flood of news distilled to a single point, our Week in Review coverage!
First, we looked at Envelop VR, which brought in a new vice president of business development. Tapping Jeff Hansen, a 20-year veteran of bringing products to market, the company hopes to put his skills to use in bringing its own product line to market. While Envelop VR is perhaps best known for its Envelop Virtual Environment (EVE) tool, it's looking to ramp up the user numbers and make itself a major player in VR productivity software.
Next, a look at Avotus more closely examined its role in keeping businesses both safe and productive. While the company—according to an interview with its CEO James P. Martino—started out with call accounting as its main focus, it's expanded outward from there, able to keep tabs on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems. It can even offer insight on unified communications (UC) systems, allowing for a better way to protect operations with protection against litigation and the loss of intellectual property.
Xura weighed in next, bringing out its new Xura Elements system in a bid to help businesses better customize how Web tools and mobile apps are used to connect to the customer. Xura Elements taps Xura's Web-based real time communications (WebRTC) toolset, using the forge software development kit (SDK) to produce some powerful new tools, like the ability to more rapidly add conferencing tools, user identity systems, recording, and secure storage.
Then we had a look at the rapidly-expanding market for smart home systems, as an ON World study found there would be a nearly $28 billion market for such systems by 2020. With nearly half of respondents ready to spend at least $60 annually on smart home services, smart home hubs and individual products alike up in big numbers, and more such developments afoot, it was clear that home sweet home would likely soon be home smart home for many.
Finally, we had a look at video streaming options, and which was best for which users. There are no shortage of options, whether cloud-based, on-premises, or a hybrid version, and so businesses would therefore need to consider what each system offered before deciding which to go with. On-premises solutions, for example, offer much lower operating expenses, but trade these off for higher capital expenses to bring the necessary hardware in place.
That was the week that was in real time communications, and we certainly had plenty to consider. Smart homes, smart businesses, and smart moves in video streaming were all a part of the proposition this week, and each contributed to a market that was growing more robust with each passing week. Our global online community was at the heart of it all, and brought back all the best in 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!