When we undertook our Global Social Video Study last year we were surprised to find that we had users on the OpenTok platform from over 150 countries. There was even an instance of a live video chat involving users from 13 countries at the same time! The OpenTok platform provides global reach but there are times when compliance dictates that media traffic be restricted or geo-fenced to a specific region or country. To support the finer level of control required we are delighted to introduce our latest advanced security feature – Regional Media Zones.
Last week, we released OpenTok v2.14, the latest version of our Client SDKs. We wanted to update you on some of the great new features included and how you can use them.
With the Frame Metadata API, cycleVideo and facingMode APIs and other features, there is plenty to make it even easier for you to build great live video apps on OpenTok.
If you’re a customer service representative, you know how, in many instances, explaining something over video to a customer provides a more efficient and satisfactory experience. This same sentiment applies for customers, too. In fact, according to the results of the inaugural TokBox Live Video Maturity Study, 53 percent of those surveyed have either used or are likely to use live video to speak with customer service representatives from major brands.
At TokBox, we’re always inspired by the innovative and powerful companies who work with us. We wanted to make sure our pricing plans provided a way for our diverse set of customers to access features they needed for more flexibility, simplicity and value, and help them achieve success with live video.
Today, we’re excited to announce updates to our pricing plans and packaging capabilities with three TokBox plans – Standard, Growth and Enterprise.
We’re also introducing the ability for users to add-on features to their plans a la carte. We recognize the importance in giving users flexibility, as we know that a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t support all of our customers and their various needs, and this allows TokBox users to create custom packages.
A technical look at the live video security and HIPAA compliance strategies used by leading Telehealth provider InTouch Health.
The most exciting part about building a Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) is that it caters to a variety of use-cases – from social video apps, eLearning & telehealth platforms, webinars or a disruptive new way of using video to serve a need that we haven’t foreseen yet.
TokBox customers are pioneers in their respective verticals. They are using live video to build powerful and engaging experiences in schools, hospitals and banks. Many of these environments have highly restrictive networks and stringent security requirements that pose challenges that are hard to meet for a multi-tenant cloud provider like OpenTok. We have been working closely with these customers to better understand their requirements and finding innovative ways to serve them.
We recently released the latest version of our Client SDKs, v2.13.0 and I wanted to share some of the great new features that have gone out with this release.
Custom Media Streaming
With v2.13.0 of opentok.js we have added the ability to pass a custom audioSource and videoSource when you create a Publisher. The custom audio and video source are MediaStreamTrack objects. This enables quite a few different use cases that our customers have been asking for.
When I was a kid, the encyclopedia was the entry point for learning about any topic.
Now with Wikipedia, the world’s knowledge is available for anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This is great for learning about a great many topics. But what about learning a new language where conversation practice is critical? And what if you want a native speaking tutor? Enter Education Technology (EdTech) live video solutions powered by the OpenTok global infrastructure.
When you sign up for a new platform, we know it can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be a challenge to know what information to seek out and simply how to quickly get started building your first project to become successful with the platform. At TokBox, we’ve received positive feedback on our developer documentation and resources, and we wanted to further streamline the development process with our platform to accelerate the path to production.
When I introduced myself at the start of October, I shared my aim of working with TokBox developer community members to maintain and add support for third-party frameworks in order to reach as many developers as possible. I’ve been busy since then speaking to our community and learning about what they need to have a great experience with our OpenTok platform and get creative with live video.
As part of our 2.12 client release, we were delighted to graduate our OpenTok Windows Client SDK out of beta and make it generally available. In addition to being a standard client endpoint for the OpenTok platform, the Windows SDK makes it easier to go beyond regular video chat and create whole new level of collaboration experiences.
Creativity & magic
The creativity of developers never ceases to amaze me and when you provide developers with powerful tools like our Windows Client SDK, magical things happen. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to speak to the team at Calgary Scientific. Calgary has two major divisions: one in health care called ResolutionMD, and another focusing on cloud collaboration and mobility called PureWeb. Specifically, I spoke to them about their innovative collaboration plugin for the Rhino3D CAD tool, called PureWeb Cast, which has launched in beta today.