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* Progress toward Networked Society, where communication is being re-invented
and anything that benefits from a connection, will have one
* Ericsson's "IMS Innovation Platform" for Web Real Time Communications turns
any device with a web connection into an open communications device
* Platform used at Hackathon during the AT&T Developer Summit
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has unveiled a new web development platform that will
allow any connected device to be turned into an always-open communications
device. The world's first IMS-based "Web Real Time Communications" (WebRTC)
platform enables web applications that will greatly expand the ecosystem for
enterprise and consumers.
By enabling any device to be reached by an existing mobile number, developers
are empowered to re-invent existing communication services,
new communication paradigms and allow customers to receive increased value from
their mobile service.
At the AT&T Developer Summit, AT&T announced its Call Management API powered by
Ericsson's new IMS Innovation Platform, which is now in Alpha. Additionally,
developers were invited to a Hackathon on January 5 and 6 where they competed
for prizes while using the AT&T Call Management API to invent new applications
and services during a 30-hour race for innovation.
The Hackathon prizes, offered by AT&T, totaled 200,000 US dollars. The first
place overall prize - 30,000 USD - was awarded to Ruggero Scorcioni for the
call-management app "Good Times," which uses a headset to read brainwaves. If
the user has very busy brainwaves, the "Good Times" app informs callers that
it's better to call back at another time.
The contest shows that more innovation is happening in communication today than
has happened in the previous 30 years. Relevance and simplicity are key to
success. By developing this new platform, Ericsson is allowing developers to
unleash their creativity for new applications that will no longer be limited by
the technology platforms they are built upon.
Geoff Hollingworth, head of Business Innovation, Ericsson North America, said:
"Developers will take the concept of the existing phone call, see it as a
digital stream and innovate accordingly. Recording, transcribing,
contextualizing, translating, on any connected device, using people's existing
phone number - all are just the beginnings of possibility."
NOTES TO EDITORS
See a video about the contest and its winner on youtu.be/07kR_yCQ5YY
WebRTC is an open industry project which aims to provide real-time communication
capabilities (for voice/video type of services) natively in browser environments
WebRTC standardizes how to set up a media connection between two clients (no
need for download of specific software as the media parts is provided by the
of multimedia services.
Ericsson provide products and solutions to use WebRTC technology for web based
clients to connect to the operators' telecom environment both for web to web
communication as well as for web to IMS/legacy interworking.
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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and
services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time
solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in
sustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information
and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today
more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson
networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion
We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in
1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's net
sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ
OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.
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