At AT&T’s annual Developer Summit held in parallel with the 2015 International CES tradeshow, the company announced the launch of a commercial WebRTC API. The announcement marks AT&T as the first U.S. carrier to offer commercial support for WebRTC.
The AT&T API provides enhanced WebRTC capabilities such as the ability to extend WebRTC beyond point to point calls. For example, the APIU supports communications between WebRTC browsers to landlines and mobile numbers, enabling features such as Caller ID through the use of their end user’s AT&T mobile number. Developers can also enable features like the ability to move or transfer a call starting on a PC, MAC or tablet to a smartphone.
Plantronics, one of the first beta partners and users of the technology, helped AT&T kick off the launch of its Enhanced WebRTC API at the Summit.
AT&T Mobility Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher, commenting on the program during the Developer Summit, said “AT&T’s powerful new Enhanced WebRTC API will allow developers to re-imagine phone and video calling experiences for our connected, IP–centric world. WebRTC has been touted by analysts as one of the most disruptive communication technologies in years, and we think there will be rapid rise in the adoption of the standard and innovative development in what value it can create for businesses and consumers.”
Joe Burton, EVP and CTO, Plantronics added, “We were very excited to be an AT&T beta partner for the Enhanced WebRTC API. The software development kit and code samples were very developer friendly and enabled us to quickly integrate our devices with the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API. This tight integration ensures a seamless customer communications experience via a web browser which is a true game changer.”
AT&T also announced the commercial availability of its M2X Data Service, a carrier-grade cloud-based data store designed to make it easier to collect, analyze, and share time-series data from connected devices. The platform provides Internet of Things (IoT) managed service for developers, as well as new design tools aimed at making it easier for Enterprise Developers to create new IoT solutions.
In a statement, Mike Troiano, VP for Industrial Internet of Things at AT&T Mobility, said “In the industrial IoT world, connecting devices and machines to the Internet only has value if you can effectively store, analyze and leverage the data that’s being transmitted. Our M2X Data Service allows businesses of all sizes to manage and better utilize the data they collect from connected devices.”