What is a WebRTC PaaS?

What is a WebRTC PaaS?

A WebRTC Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS, is a full stack, cloud-based platform that provides developers with everything that’s needed to integrate real-time video and audio features into web pages and mobile apps.

Using a WebRTC PaaS simplifies the development process for video, audio, screen sharing, and related features. Just as a software engineer might leverage a platform like Stripe to process credit card payments, an engineer can use a WebRTC PaaS to implement video calls.

Let’s break this down a little more:

  • WebRTC is the standard that most apps today build on top of for real-time video and audio.
  • WebRTC is built into web browsers and can be used in mobile apps, too.
  • By itself, though WebRTC, is just a set of client-side APIs and is missing important building blocks required for scalable, production-ready deployments. Some of the things needed in addition to a client-side WebRTC SDK are signaling to set up and manage state during a video session, cloud video servers deployed in multiple geographic regions, logging and analytics.
  • In addition, a good WebRTC PaaS will provide additional turnkey features that go beyond core real-time video and audio services, such as recording, output to RTMP and HLS live streaming endpoints, transcription, and SIP telephone bridging.
  • A good WebRTC PaaS will simplify adhering to security, compliance, and regulatory best practices such as SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and CCPA.

A WebRTC PaaS handles the most complex and infrastructure-heavy parts of implementing video, audio, and real-time messaging features, freeing developers to focus on the core requirements and unique capabilities of their own applications.

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