FACEmeeting Adds In and Out Calling Capabilities with the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API (Beta)
The WebRTC standard aims to give the developer community access to open, high-quality, real-time communications technology. The benefit of WebRTC for developers is the ability to enable more natural and effortless conversations through a browser-based, easy to integrate, HD quality, fast performance, peer-to-peer technology that offers significant improvements in latency.
In October 2014, we invited several companies to test the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API in a Closed Beta program intended to test and provide feedback on the API prior to the announcement of the Open Beta in January 2015 at the AT&T Developer Summit. FACEmeeting was one of the Closed Beta program participants.
Founded in 2011, FACEmeeting wanted to pursue the emergence of the WebRTC standard communication capabilities in devices with WebRTC and HTML5. WebRTC allowed FACEmeeting to develop an immersive video, voice, data, and web collaboration application that enables users to start with a video meeting and then expand the meeting by adding collaboration tools and capabilities.
Even with the foundation of their platform built on the native WebRTC technology stack, FACEmeeting believed they were missing a key feature to be competitive in the marketplace. This is where they believed that the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API (Beta) could help by adding public switched telephone network (PSTN) capabilities to add “in and out” calling for collaboration. “In and out” calling refers to the ability to call from and to the FACEmeeting platform from any US-based landline or mobile number.
Going into the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API closed Beta program, FACEmeeting “wanted to add ‘in and out calling’ on the PSTN,” FACEmeeting Founder Jason Fedore adds, “and in our research we believed the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC architecture was the best to provide such an API.” With the new PSTN capabilities, FACEmeeting believes that the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API (Beta) helps make WebRTC competitive for new companies because developers can easily integrate non-standard calling features into their native technology stacks.
FACEmeeting is currently Beta testing the new AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API (Beta) integration and learning from their users’ feedback. Learn more about how FACEmeeting incorporates perceptual sensory technologies and virtual reality through their video-first collaboration platform at http://www.FACEmeeting.com.
Sign up for a free trial of the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API at http://developer.att.com/webrtc.