The WebRTC company Temasys has released a platform called Skylink to help other firms build real-time communications into their apps and services.
Because it is entirely built on the [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services, Skylink should work particularly well for providers who are also using AWS as their foundation. It could be used to provide in-service channels for user-to-user communications, or perhaps Amazon Mayday-style live customer support.
WebRTC is a super-exciting new(ish) standard, supported in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, that allows for Skype-style communications from within webpages, without plugins. Recently, [company]Ericsson[/company] moved to promote its use in mobile apps, and [company]Telefonica[/company] has been working with [company]Mozilla[/company] to embed a WebRTC-based chat service directly into Firefox. One of the nice things about WebRTC is that it can be used not only for text, video and voice chat, but also file transfer and screen-sharing.
Singapore-based [company]Temasys[/company], one of a handful of companies that’s working to standardize WebRTC in the W3C and IETF, provides a full WebRTC stack, from plugins to make the technology work in Internet Explorer and Safari, down to infrastructure that can support stable large-scale deployments.
Temasys uses AWS as a backend, so it makes sense that it’s now pitching its platform and API to companies that do the same — it unveiled Skylink at the AWS re:Invent conference this week. The benefits of this native in-stack deployment, it claims, include greater efficiency and stability.
According to a statement from Temasys CEO Chip Wilcox:
With Skylink, we present the latest innovations in real-time communication, offering a comprehensive platform solution for developers and enterprises and enabling them to add communications as a feature to any application or website. Using AWS to develop and run Skylink makes it easier for developers to build apps that can be deployed in a matter of hours for both web browsers and native mobile apps, with the ability to scale efficiently across millions of users.
The Skylink API can be found on the Temasys developer portal and the firm is also offering private-beta SDKs for iOS and Android devices.