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WebRTC offers high quality audio/video communication capabilities to anyone with a web browser, capabilities that previously only were available using proprietary systems and software. This creates an opportunity for the European R&E community to solve its real time communication challenges in novel ways. WebRTC may finally offer a path towards a large-scale, low-cost and easy to use real time communication infrastructure for group conversations across institutional boundaries. Whether and how it can deliver on its promise, needs to be investigated. A feature-rich web complemented with real-time communication capability will also offer the opportunity for a more component-based approach to including real-time communication in all sorts of e-Learning and e-Research web applications at a low price point and without locking our community to any particular vendor or solution.

The NREN community needs to prepare for this change in real time communication technology and enable itself to meet the opportunities and challenges with the right and timely response.

The Task Force is established under the auspices of the TERENA Technical Programme to provide a forum for exchanging and promoting ideas, experience and knowledge, as well as fostering collaborations among National Research and Education Networks and academic and research institutions on web - real time communication solutions, services, developments and deployments including the technical areas of:

  • Security architecture and integration with SAML 2.0 / eduGAIN.
  • IPv4/IPv6 interworking, NAT traversal and STUN/TURN servers.
  • Legacy VC/VoIP system integration and commercial WebRTC interoperability/interworking gateways.
  • Streaming solutions from PC with a webcam or any other media sources for supporting e-learning and e-research.
  • Web-rtc bridges, peer to peer architectures and their interaction.
  • Strategies for smooth conversations with participants at long latency.

The aims of this Task Force are:

  • To investigate whether and how WebRTC based solutions and services can be used to enable large scale, easy-to-use, easy to integrate and low-cost use of real-time communication across institutional boundaries for all researchers, lecturers, administrative staff and students in European R&E.
  • To ensure the European NRENs are well positioned to realise the full potential of WebRTC technology for their community as the technology emerges in the years to come.
  • To foster the establishment of an NREN knowledge community as a recognised representative for the European R&E in relevant Web-RTC arenas.
  • To build competence, track national developments, collect use cases as well as demonstrate possibilities and identify possible challenges.
  • To imagine future WebRTC-based NREN services and infrastructural components that contribute to a smooth evolution of the real time communication infrastructure.
  • To liaise with the GN4 SA8 WebRTC Task as well as with commercial partners and industry led standardisation activities related to WebRTC by providing an open, public forum for gathering and exchanging wider aspects, knowledge and expertise.

The chair of the task force is Mihaly (Misi) Meszaros, NIIF/HUNGARNET

Running period: October 2014 - October 2016

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