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WebRTC. Popular use cases

Our world is changing every day. They say that there is an old Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” so sometimes changes give us a lot of trouble. Today we can see how our lives become faster and faster electronic communication channels, mostly the Internet becomes our main way to talk to each other. Things like coronavirus make the Internet even more important.

About 25 years ago, World Wide Web or just Web became the most known and bigger part of the Internet, so most people today treat the Internet as just a Web and nothing more. Web is everything you can reach with your browser. Things like Skype or Zoom are not actually part of the Web.

What makes Web so popular today? The answer is simplicity. Through the web today we can get complicated applications like MS Excel online, we can watch videos and play games. You do not need to install any additional software to work with Excel, and you can be sure you will not install some virus with a small application developed by some unknown small company. Everything is in your browser. Just close it and the application will be unloaded from your computer. So in addition to simplicity, Web adds more security.

The only thing that was not covered by Web for a long time was real-time video/audio communication. It was a problem because HTTP the main (and the only actual) protocol in the Web was designed to transfer texts not video and not in real-time.

However, together with all the changes in our life, we got updates of the Web and now we have WebRTC. WebRTC adds this missing part to the set of web technologies, it allows browsers to exchange a significant amount of data in real-time. So now we can stream audio/video or game data from one browser to another.

Is WebRTC reliable and good technology?

WebRTC is actually not something very new this technology is more than 5 years old already and supported by all browsers including mobile.

Even more, it’s not something new from the point of view of audio/video calls. WebRTC is using almost the same technics that Skype or Zoom or your SIP phone. WebRTC just adds existing technologies to the browser. So, you can now do some new things with JavaScript.

But when we multiply the power of existing web technologies by new possibilities added by WebRTC we receive a huge amount of possibilities. And of course, we get possibilities to design and develop low-quality products. That’s why you may find that WebRTC is not reliable, it’s not because of WebRTC itself it’s because of poor implementation. The common case of that poor implementation is when you get a SaaS solution and have no idea what resources are allocated behind their marketing banners. You have no idea what kind of ICE servers they use, how many servers they have, where those servers are located, and how they are maintained. Add missing quality indicators, and you will receive a not working solution that will just tell clients that WebRTC is bad.

In reality, WebRTC is ready to move all communication programs to web and be as good as a desktop application or even better. Even more, the fact that WebRTC has well-known protocols can partially guarantee quality and give amazing integration possibilities.

You may ask, why do we have so poor implementations? The answer is the same, it’s a culture of Web front-end development. Very often, managers and developers underestimate the complexity of web front-end. Today, web front-end is a complicated desktop application delivered to the client by browser and HTTP(s) protocol. And it can be as complicated as Microsoft Office.

Let’s talk about possibilities that are open with WebRTC for some industries.


Online education or distance learning is one of the most popular and fast-growing industries now. It was quite famous and interesting before but nowadays, it becomes more relevant and even necessary, because, despite the situation in the world, the learning process should continue.  The popularity of various learning platforms and other education tools is growing. WebRTC gives tutors and students the possibility to communicate in real-time, and it’s not just text chat. It can be a video/audio call or even a virtual classroom in virtual reality.

Today we already can offer solution based on WebRTC and other Web technologies that can satisfy the entire learning process and offers the next features within: 

It’s just a small subset of features, actually the most important ones. And all these features are available on any device without any additional installation or configuration, you just need a Web browser.

Online customer support

Customer and support service agent communication is the one of first turn questions for every company and organization. If some organization appreciates its customers, so in case of issues it tries to resolve them as soon as possible and in the right way. In his turn, a customer, having come to some site or platform, expects to get help with minimum time and effort lost. The current conditions set the terms in the speed of getting in contact with a support agent and receiving the necessary information, just in one click. So in this situation, WebRTC-based solutions and tools can be one of the best ways to do it.   

The features of WebRTC-based tools are quite multifaceted, so here are some of the most essentials of them, that can improve customer service level: 

Imagine that you have not a very happy client with some problem, and you ask him to install something on his computer that allows support to fine-tune his computer. He will be even less happy with your service. But with WebRTC client does not have to install something, and he will be familiar with possible threats related to WebRTC issues. And support will be able to start immediately, without the risky and painful installation of additional software or phone explanation of what the client sees on his screen.

Assisted online shopping

The current situation with COVID-19 and the worldwide pandemic and quarantine measures leave their mark on ours, as they imply certain restrictions. But we still have necessities and wish to make shopping. The ability to make online orders isn’t an innovation for a long time. Many stores and infrastructure facilities can now provide such a service. But progress and the interest to make the buying process for the customer the most comfortable and effective will always give new solutions. Customers can ask consultants to show products in real time by just visiting the website. And see real-time video of the product demonstrated by the consultant. Or even see 360 degrees video in virtual reality. Without any additional installation with just a browser.

HR and Recruitment

HR agencies can also use WebRTC-based tools for scheduling a video interview with candidates located in any country, as well as record and saving every interview if needed. These tools enable to schedule a meeting within, the candidate receives a link by email, goes by this link – and it’s all, you can carry out the interview without downloading and installing additional software.

And many other solutions, that enable to improve real-time communication, solve customers’ issues, meet clients’ needs, boost sales – stack of their abilities is huge and, the progress doesn’t stand still and such solutions and tools will be upgraded according to customers’ needs.  

Outfitting a website or application with a WebRTC audio or video contact channel is a great way to provide ongoing assistance, that will attract new clients, will help to be successful, and develop your business with the times.

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