Blackboard announced the acquisition of Requestec, a startup that creates web conferencing and real time communication gateways for computers and mobile devices. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Requestec’s technology has already been implemented in part of Blackboard’s product line, further implementation and updates are planned for later this year.
WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) is a new standard that enables users to have synchronous communications, such as video conferencing, voice calling, instant messaging, video chat and file sharing directly from within a desktop or mobile browser. The technology eliminates the need for any plugins or downloads like Skype, WebEx and other VoIP or conferencing software. It currently works best with the latest versions of Firefox and Google Chrome.
Blackboard already demonstrated the use of WebRTC at its annual BbWorld in August.