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It's a browser-based solution from a company that is a veteran in the field
We're in a time where video conference calls are as normal (if not more normal) than the typical meetings you would endure in a 9-5 office.
Like real-life meetings, video conferencing has its ups and downs, but with conferencing tools like Zoom having its fair share of issues, there is always room for more players in the sector.
SignalWire Work is one such example, and while you may not be familiar with the name, you've almost certainly used online tools that have utilized its technology. You see, SignalWire is the team behind the open-source software, FreeSWITCH.
FreeSWITCH is a "software-defined telecom stack" that is used to power many familiar projects, including Netflix, Amazon's Ring, Netflix, Dialpad, and even Zoom.
With the announcement of SignalWire Work, the company will provide in-browser video conferencing solutions to teams of all sizes. This is a paid solution, with two different tiers available, as well as different pricing for the number of team members that will utilize the software.
Top plans allow for 100+ team members to be in a conference call at one time, meaning that regardless of your needs, there should be something that fits.
In addition to large team sizes, SignalWire Work features all of the typical features: screensharing, 1080p video, text chat, a room navigator for larger teams or multi-room teams, moderator controls, and more. Professional tier users will also get access to Slack integration, 100+ members in a single room, meeting transcriptions, background noise cancelation, and more.
Things like transcripts and noise cancelation come from AI-based features that are baked into the platform.
There is also end-to-end encryption, but the company does note that it is currently in beta.
From the press release, Anthony Minessale, Co-Founder and CEO of SignalWire, notes, "We have a lot of firsthand experience when it comes to video collaboration, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Replicating the in-person office experience is difficult, and frankly, we wouldn't want to do that anyway. Offices can be distracting, and in many ways remote is better. So, with SignalWire Work, we want to emulate as many of the positive aspects of physical colocation - building camaraderie and solidifying relationships, without being intrusive or distracting."
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