Real Time Communications Week in Review: Origibot, Matrix.org, 5G
February 28, 2015
It's a big time for real time communications, and there's plenty going on in the field. New products are landing regularly, and the sheer pace of development demands careful consideration of the wider field. That's particularly true if we want to get the most out of what we're looking at so far. Consideration, however, demands time, and now that we've got a weekend on hand, it's a great time to consider the wider field of events, which we'll do right now by means of our Week in Review coverage!
First we had a look at maintaining quality service in the face of changing technology. There are some cases—and will likely always be some cases—in which people prefer having a human being to speak to. While automating some functions is a great way to save time and money while still improving the customer experience, a completely automated experience can be a disaster. The key point here is to consider the wider market's needs, and then proceed accordingly.
Then we had a look at Origibot, a telepresence robot sufficiently simple that it could be largely powered by an Android tablet. Made largely of aluminum, the device could not only move around, allow the tablet to transmit and receive video back to its operator, but also came with an manipulator arm allowing the device to interact with objects in the room. Origibot is still in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign, but at last report was around a third of the way to its goal.
For as long as there has been 4G, there have been those wondering when 5G will kick in. The answer is now closer than some might have expected, as reports emerged that engineers are starting to pull together the basic standards and guidelines of just what makes up a 5G system. The early word is already exciting as it is: 10 Gbps user experiences, low latency, and support for applications from UltraHD telepresence to augmented reality and beyond.
Next we had a look at Matrix.org, who were looking to address one of the biggest issues with WebRTC, specifically, its use of other systems in the signaling process like XMPP or SIP. With Matrix, users get access to an interoperable instant messaging concept as well as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), offering up a series of RESTful APIs in a bid to make it easier to hook in WebRTC to current operations. Some have even referred to it as the “missing link” for WebRTC deployments.
Finally, we looked at Mocana, who planned to bring a set of new mobile security tools to the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) event. Mocana Atlas, SAP Mobile App Protection, and the Mocana Atlas Lighthouse set were all in line for exhibition, and each had a particularly noteworthy point to offer the field. Combined together, the group was set to offer serious value in mobile security, providing faster development, compliance with certain regulations, and a better level of protection overall.
That was the week that was in real time communications, and there was no shortage of news to speak of this week. Our global online community was right at the heart of it all, finding the best in news and bringing it right back here. So be sure to join us back next week for all the latest in the field, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!