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Espial Participates in Panel Discussion on WebRTC

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Espial Participates in Panel Discussion on WebRTC

Event Examines Potential to Redefine Personal Communications

OTTAWA, Ontario — May 21, 2013 — Espial, a leader in on-demand TV software and solutions, today announced that Dilshan De Silva, head of Espial browser products, will participate in the panel discussion “WebRTC: Transforming Enterprise Communication,” May 23 from 7:30-10:30 a.m., at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. Hosted by user-experience design and software-development firm Macadamian, in collaboration with the Ottawa Product Management Association, the event explores the potential impact of Web Real-Time Communication Technology (WebRTC) on browser-to-browser communications.

WebRTC allows for an improved Web browsing experience by real-time video, voice, and text communications, as well as screen-sharing between Internet browsers — without requiring proprietary software plug-ins. As the head of Espial’s TV browser division, which has developed the award-winning Espial TV Browser deployed with major Smart TV manufacturers across the world, De Silva brings unique insights into consumer Web trends and a detailed knowledge of Web-browsing technologies.

“WebRTC significantly enhances the video user experience by supporting advanced functionalities like instant browser-to-browser chat,” said De Silva. “As part of the panel discussion, I will examine the implications of WebRTC from the perspective of a Smart TV advanced user experience, offering insight on the integration of live social interaction on Smart TV platforms.”

The panel will be moderated by Mark Lindsay, president of the Ottawa Product Management Association, and emceed by Doug Michaelides, managing director at Macadamian. Other expert panelists include Jim Davies, chief technical officer, Mitel; Dave Michels, industry analyst and telecommunications consultant, TalkingPointz; Scott Plewes, vice president, user experience design, Macadamian; and Mark MacGowan, director, IT infrastructure management for Canadian Blood Services.

“WebRTC will be a revolution in integrating social interactions into the Web-based software people work and play on and the Web services they use,” said Fred Boulanger, CEO of Macadamian. “Web-based service providers, marketers, and customer support organizations will leverage WebRTC to enable contextually relevant voice and video interactions that enhance customer experiences and corporate bottom lines.”

At Espial, De Silva is responsible for managing the Espial TV Browser, a high-performance Smart TV browser platform. It allows Smart TV manufacturers to accelerate their time-to-market and provide consumers with the latest in user experience including advanced Web browsing and interactive TV services. De Silva steers the development and deployment of the Espial solution and works closely with consumer electronics suppliers from across the globe. Prior to joining Espial, he held positions in software development at Corel and Entrust. De Silva has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Carleton University.

About Espial (www.espial.com)
Espial is a leading supplier of digital TV and IPTV software and solutions to cable MSOs and telecommunications operators as well as consumer electronics manufacturers. Espial’s middleware, video-on-demand, and browser products power a diverse range of pay-TV and Internet TV business models. Over 35 million licenses of its patented software are in use across the world. Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.espial.com or contact via phone at +1 613 230 4770.

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