Europe has the highest smartphone penetration globally with 84% of the population on mobile. Enabled by internet speeds that race ahead of the world and highly competitive broadband prices, Europe has pioneered many live video communications applications.
From major financial institutions like RBS launching live video for wealth management, to Babylon Health bringing online doctor consultations to the UK, and customer experience innovators Unblu and InfoCert – businesses across Europe are using live video to transform user experiences. With the power to reduce fuel costs and carbon footprint, enhance education, plus improve patients’ lives, the rise of real-time video communications in Europe is a force for social good too.
Here is a closer look at some of the most innovative applications of live video in Europe:
In this blog we look at how to connect OpenTok Live Video sessions with traditional PSTN phone calls. We will demonstrate how to connect an OpenTok session to PSTN with an audio stream that connects through OpenTok SIP Interconnect to a Nexmo SIP-PSTN Gateway.
OpenTok SIP Interconnect is a general purpose SIP capability that can be used to connect to many different kinds of gateway or other SIP systems. TokBox is now part of Vonage, so in this blog we will use our own Nexmo programmable communications APIs to bridge the call.
In April, we announced updates to our pricing and packaging, which allows TokBox customers to have more flexibility with the ability to add-on features a la carte to their accounts. With this in mind, we’ve been hard at work over the past couple of months to make our entire user experience more flexible and allow users to have more control in configuring their OpenTok projects.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made several improvements to the Account Dashboard, which provides users with more self-service functionality. These updates will make it faster for users to configure their OpenTok projects and make quick changes, and to gather critical information on the add-ons they have access to.
Welcome back to Real-Talk, where each month we bring you the hottest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.
This month’s news was all about group video. WhatsApp rolled out 4 person video chat; Facebook introduced a feature that lets groups watch videos together; and Apple came up against the challenges of building multi-party video announcing delays to group FaceTime. In other developments, the combination of AR and live video is poised to transform communications across industries, and of course some big news of our own!
We look back at the last month at TokBox. Catch up on new features available for the OpenTok platform, find out where we’re going to be popping up at an event near you and check out the top content from the month.
It’s your monthly live video news round up!
Today I’m pleased to announce that TokBox has been acquired by Vonage, and will become part of Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform.
We’re incredibly excited and believe this is a great development for our video platform and the customers who use it. TokBox and Vonage share a vision of making businesses of all sizes and across all verticals more successful through the creation of engaging communications applications and experiences.
[UPDATED July 31] We’d like to welcome all WebRTC and TokBox API developers, wherever you are in the world, to our TokBox Live Video and AR Online Hackathon! How would you like the chance of winning a $600 prize for each of two top teams – plus OpenTok Developer credits and two second place prizes bringing total prize value to $2520. It’s up for grabs for the teams which create the best OpenTok Live Video apps of any kind, with a special prize for combining Augmented Reality and Live Video. Read on to find out how to get involved. Your app will be developed in your own time during August/September 2018 in teams of 1 to 3 people – with your app submitted online at DevPost by September 18th.
[UPDATED September 6] As you may know, Google recently announced the deprecation of inline installation of Chrome extensions in an effort to improve transparency and security. For end-users, this means that the process for installing screen sharing extensions will change from inline installation to installation from the Chrome Web Store. Below, you’ll find information on the deprecation timeline provided by the Chromium team:
Welcome to the first edition of Real-Talk. Each month, we shine the spotlight on the hottest news, views, insights and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.
In this month’s wrap, Instagram doubles down on video calling; telehealth continues to heat up with a massive cap raise by American Well; shoppable videos arrive on the scene, highlighting the endless possibilities for video; and Juniper Research reveals the enormous potential for Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) for enterprise.
Diving into data on OpenTok sessions can provide developers with the tools they need to understand bugs and make improvements quickly. That’s why we built Inspector – a tool to help developers understand what happened in specific OpenTok sessions. Users can either enter a session ID or use the Session Dashboard to access the information. This includes user data, errors, video and audio quality and events about a session.