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2016 WebRTC Reality Check Slated for Enterprise Connect

Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director at Nemertes Research and host of the WebRTC Conference Within a Conference, introduces Hookflash as keynote:

We’ll kick off the conference on Monday, March 7, with a keynote by Hookflash executives Trent Johnsen, CEO and co-founder, and Erik Lagerway, co-founder. Trent and Erik, who both have been involved in WebRTC since its infancy, co-chair various W3C Working Groups on WebRTC.

Read the full article here.

Enterprise Connect: WebRTC Standards Update

Enterprise Connect: WebRTC Standards Update

 

Hookflash CEO – Trent Johnsen, will be on a panel at Enterprise Connect on March 16 at 11am with some of the current WebRTC 1.0 specification editors discussing the road to WebRTC availability.

WebRTC Standards Update: When Will WebRTC Become Available for You?

Speaker Irwin Lazar  |  Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research |
Moderator Cullen Jennings, PhD  |  Cisco Fellow, RTCWeb Co-Chair at Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Cisco |
Speaker Trent Johnsen  |  CEO, Hookflash, Inc.
Speaker Tsahi Levent-Levi  |  Founder, BlogGeek.Me
Speaker Dan Burnette  |  Founder, Standards Play
Speaker Brent Kelly, PhD  |  Principal Analyst/Consultant, KelCor, Inc.

Location:  Osceola 4
Date:  Monday, March 16
Time:  11:00am – 12:00pm
Pass Type: WebRTC Conference-Within-A-Conference, Entire Event – Get your pass now!

During this session we will hear from those directly involved with WebRTC standards development as they discuss how close we are to a truly ubiquitous ability to support WebRTC across browsers and applications. We will review where the standard is now, what work needs to be done to get to WebRTC Version 1.0, and happens afterward. We will include a discussion of the ORTC initiative.

Hookflash Advances Enterprise Real-time Communications for Web and Mobile with ORTC

Vancouver BC, Canada (PRWEB) November 01, 2013

Hookflash joins over 20 technology companies and thought leaders from around the globe this Sunday, November 3, 2013, to review “ORTC” the new Object RTC API (Object Real-Time Communications Application Programming Interface). Hookflash Chief Architect Robin Raymond will provide an introduction and overview of the new ORTC API, as well as demos and sample application reviews. This event will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ortc-live.

“The work that Hookflash is doing on the Object Real-time Communications API (ORTC) positions them at the forefront of WebRTC,” comments Microsoft executive Albert Kooiman, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Lync. “ORTC is a very appealing approach for developers looking to produce interoperable WebRTC applications quickly, by presenting a simpler and more familiar Javascript Object model that leverages the skills of mainstream web developers, instead of the more complex Offer/Answer approach. To see open source code that enables this is real progress. We believe that ORTC (and the establishment of the W3C ORCA Community Group to evolve it) is a major step forward and we support Hookflash in their efforts.”

The W3C Object RTC (ORCA) Community Grouphttp://www.w3.org/community/orca/ was formed in July 2013 to develop an alternative JavaScript API for real-time communications by a group of people looking for alternatives to SDP Offer/Answer in WebRTC. The Community Group published its first draft specification on October 11, 2013.

Hookflash Co-founder, Erik Lagerway explains “Microsoft has expressed concerns regarding the current WebRTC specification. If the current WebRTC specification isn’t included in Internet Explorer, it creates a massive gap in the Enterprise and global marketplace. Hookflash is providing both ORTC, WebRTC and mobile compatibility in Hookflash toolkits to deliver Voice, Video and Messaging without plugins to Internet Explorer (assuming integration of ORTC), Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, iOS and android. This makes Hookflash the first company to fill that gap for Enterprise, developers and consumers. But it doesn’t end there,” says Lagerway, “The optimal solution for web developers and customers will be to have all the browser vendors integrate support for ORTC directly. Since ORTC supports both Object and SDP Offer/Answer models, everyone wins.”

Hookflash will be making another announcement on Sunday during the ORTC Walkthroughhttp://blog.webrtc.is/2013/10/28/ortc-walk-through-ietf-88/, regarding the availability of source code for ORTC/WebRTC implementations. This event will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ortc-live.

Hookflash enables real-time social, mobile, and web communications with “Open Peer” for integration of voice, video, messaging with federated identity into world leading software, enterprise, applications, networks, mobile and computing devices. Hookflash and Open Peer are trademarks of Hookflash Inc.

Developers can register at (http://fly.hookflash.me) to start using the Open Peer SDKs today.

For more information and an Open Peer/WebRTC White Paper please visit Hookflash http://hookflash.com.

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How Telco’s fit into the WebRTC, OTT Communications equation

In recent discussions about Open Peer with analysts and at WebRTC Conferences I have been asked the question; How Telco’s fit into the WebRTC, OTT (over-the-top) Communications equation?

My views on this issue are grounded in economics and history. First, the history. In 2001 I joined a startup defined as a BLEC, (Building Local Exchange Carrier) doing very early work with VoDSL (Voice over DSL over ATM). The business case was that voice services could be delivered more efficiently over broadband connections resulting in enhanced services for customers and profits for the business.

By 2003 our focus on VoDSL was transitioning to a “new” protocol, VoIP (Voice over IP). I have distinct memories of countless meetings with Telco engineers and executives along with analyst and industry articles basically singing the same tune – VoIP is a geek’s technology, it will never be ready for prime time, will never be successfully commercialized. This is blood in the water to an entrepreneur’s shark instinct and we, along with other early players such as Vonage and Skype, and many of today’s most successful telecom equipment providers, went all in on VoIP. Today, VoIP and SIP are key Telco technology standards, now that they’ve been validated by early stage, risk takers. That leads me to the economics part of the response.

VoIP has been successfully adopted over the past decade simply because it has proven a better, less expensive way of delivering voice services. The early validation of VoIP by players like Skype, Vonage and a host of others doesn’t necessarily mean those guys were smarter than the Telco’s. It means they were operating under different management responsibilities and risk/reward paradigms. The executive management and boards of Telcos are hired and paid NOT to take risks. They run utilities owned by pension funds and are tasked to provide reasonable, conservative returns with as little risk as possible. They are not paid to innovate. That’s the domain of the other end of the risk/reward spectrum, startups and entrepreneurs.

So, How will Telco’s fit into the WebRTC, OTT Communications equation? History and economics indicate that they will ultimately embrace WebRTC and OTT completely.  How do we know? Skype, the king of OTT communications today was once a geek’s technology and WebRTC obviously is today, but, WebRTC and OTT clearly provide enhanced services at reduced costs, quite simply, a better, easier, less expensive way of doing things. Economic history clearly indicates technology with these attributes succeeds and is widely adopted. The Open Peer software we build at our small, young technology company, Hookflash,  provides higher quality HD video, and wideband audio sessions over reasonable quality broadband connections (wireline or wireless) than PSTN/equipment based solutions, at a tiny fraction of the cost. It also takes a unique new approach to web identity and connecting on IP networks, see Identity Federation.

Open Peer software also directly integrates with other software and applications including enterprise directories, social media, ERP and CRM which will add untold value in productivity, and eliminate the ongoing need and costs associated with PSTN connections and telecom equipment infrastructure. (And yes, it’s shortsighted to ask, what about features like voice mail or ACD?) Messaging is the new ringtone and exciting new features will emerge in Real-Time Communications via WebRTC and mobile to replace other traditional telephony features as computers in their various forms, smartphones, tablets and desktops (and even televisions) continue to replace telephones.

Progressive Telco’s are already launching OTT services such as Telefonica’s O2 Tu Go and British Telecoms’ SmartTalk. UK Analysts Vision Mobile produced an excellent White Paper (sponsored by Ericsson) on Telco strategy for OTT: The Telco Innovation Toolbox.

How Telco’s ultimately fit remains to be seen but here’s my take:

– the majority of communications will migrate to OTT, (essentially meaning all IP) due to superior economics and manageability – telcos will be swept along

– Many Telco’s may wind up positioned one layer back from most customer/subscribers finding their optimal opportunities in providing critical broadband capacity and quality for the growth of OTT and WebRTC services in an all IP era.

–  adoption of OTT and WebRTC will happen more rapidly than VoIP did as customer adoption cycles continue to shorten replacing today’s hybrid IP/PSTN connectivity with all IP solutions. Microsoft Lync is a good example of this kind of temporary hybrid solution. I’d suggest Oracle’s recent $2 billion investment in Acme Packet is a leading indicator of the integration that will occur in an all IP communications marketplace.

– Telco’s will ultimately focus on their competitive advantage as infrastructure providers and benefit as growth in over-the-top services drives bandwidth demand

Telco topline revenue may decline as they transition from traditional subscriber revenues but margins and business stability will improve as Telcos provide enhanced broadband services including speed, capacity, Quality of Service, and security. Telco’s will thrive providing the foundational backbone for OTT services and WebRTC in the new growth era of integrated real-time communications on the web.

 


by Trent Johnsen

Mocet Communicator aka Hookflash Dock – Video

The new Mocet Communicator aka Hookflash Dock is a product that is near and dear to our hearts. It arrived late last week and we were eager to get our hands on it.

Packaging is A+
The device arrived in beautiful packaging. A white box in a sleek minimalist style we have come to expect from companies like Apple, complete with a handle too, nice touch.

 

 

Unboxing the product revealed the dock in one piece, I was expecting the need to attach the stand to the base, thankful to Mocet for thinking of the user on this one. Ours was black but it also comes in white. Aside from the actual dock, there is a handset, handset cord, ethernet cable, power adapter and quick start guides.

 

Ports a-plenty!
Power, Ethernet (PC and LAN), Console (local access for repair), Handset, and a port for a pair of desktop noise cancelling microphones, fancy! The right-side of the unit also has a micro-SD, USB port. The left-side has standard 1/8 inch headset jack. There is also a port on the top of the unit, which looks like a WiFi or Video Camera module or another expansion port of some kind.

 

Setup was relatively easy. I plugged everything in and had it up and running in 10 minutes. Since I know Hookflash for iPad does not route audio via the 30 pin connector I knew I was going to have to pair the Mocet unit via Bluetooth with my iPad, which was effortless. I also had my iPad paired with my Bluetooth keyboard so I could type while the iPad was in the dock.

 

Making a call.  Since we are partial to Hookflash and Open Peer, we did our call using Hookflash for iPad and it was a great experience!

Very happy to see this idea come to fruition, we helped out on the design of this product in the early days and it is very close to what we envisioned. Congrats to Marc and his team at Mocet for doing a great job on completing the design and bringing this version 1 product to market.

For more on the Mocet Communicator visit Mocet.com