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WebRTC: Staying connected in this era of social distancing!

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2020–21 were the years of despair and devastation. The COVID pandemic changed various aspects of our lives, even the way we connect with each other. We all now know that life would have been different without “Zoom Calls” and “Google Meet”.

Video calls with friends and family, business meetings, remote work, and education are just some of the areas of WebRTC work. WebRTC is among the most innovative technologies of this decade. However, it did not gain attention or acceptance until the 2020s.

It goes without saying that WebRTC helped us through the tough times of 2020–21 and continues to do so in 2022 as well.

WebRTC during the COVID-19 pandemic

Video is undoubtedly the future of the Internet, but the pandemic made us realize the importance of WebRTC even more. Live video calling and other WebRTC applications have proven to be very beneficial in enabling remote communication. Be it real estate, education, IT, or healthcare, WebRTC has something to offer almost every industry.

According to experts, the “old normal” is difficult to return to. Even when face masks and social distancing are now slowly disappearing. 2022 is the year of changes. Changes that will strengthen the application of WebRTC development.

How WebRTC boosted industry growth during COVID

Almost every industry in the world suffered heavy losses due to the introduction of lockdowns. However, several industries adopted technologies like WebRTC and managed their operations successfully. Let’s take a look at some of the industries that adopted WebRTC during the lockdown:

1. Education

Being trapped within the walls of the house, it was impossible for students to attend school and college classes. According to UNESCO, in 2020, 80% of global students were affected by the closure of educational institutions.

Lockdown was the real-time that, we can say, brought digitization to the education industry. Using applications powered by WebRTC, schools and colleges made virtual classrooms accessible to students.

2. Healthcare

It would not be wrong to say that the lockdown transformed the healthcare industry to a great extent. Social distancing and nationwide lockdowns required people to stay at home and get medical consultations remotely using video calls with doctors.

Using telemedicine platforms, integrated with WebRTC features, helped patients limit their physical exposure to the outside world. During the lockdown, there was a 45% increase in online video consultations via telemedicine.

3. Entertainment

Despite the disruption to workflows due to COVID-19, many media production houses managed to successfully continue their business activities. Platforms like Discord and YouTube allowed individual video content creators to better connect with their audience.

The WebRTC capabilities for one-to-many video calling made it easier for media houses and content creators to stay in touch with their audience during the pandemic.

Some major applications that use WebRTC

As for WebRTC, it is known to enable reliable and high-quality peer-to-peer video calling. The mass adoption of WebRTC technology by huge organizations like Facebook and Amazon reflects the power and usability of this amazing technology.

During the pandemic, when we were confined to our homes and had no means to visit friends and family, there were certain apps that came in handy. Whether it’s WhatsApp for connecting with friends and family or Zoom for holding official meetings, WebRTC has helped us cope with the pandemic much better.

Let’s take a look at some of the top apps that use WebRTC for their calls:

  • Google Meet & Hangouts
  • Skype
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Amazon Chime
  • GoToMeeting

Conclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be quite challenging for all of us. Fortunately, the rise of WebRTC helped us manage businesses and social activities efficiently.

Although nothing can replace face-to-face contact, many things can be accomplished quickly and easily with WebRTC and are becoming the norm now.

We, at BigStep Technologies, work as your extended team to take care of all your WebRTC related requirements. Please feel free to get in touch with us at info@bigsteptech.com for any technical help you may need. Let’s grow together!

karishma Verma

Content writer with a passion to write for a variety of niches to broaden my horizon as a professional writer.

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