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Real-Time Communications Lab at IIT

The Real-Time Communications (RTC) Labs are a collaborative space to design, test and study the performance and behaviors of real-time communications APIs, applications and services. The RTC Labs are located in Chicago and Wheaton, IL and are open to companies, researchers, students, faculty and staff via prior arrangement.  The labs are the site of lab assignments for courses in Telecommunications over Data Networks and the Web.

The RTC Labs are a place where industry and academia connect. The labs bring together technical professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and leaders from the data and telecommunications industry, standards bodies, policy and regulatory institutions, and universities to promote an open exchange of ideas to lead future development in the rapidly changing field of real-time communications.

The RTC Labs are architected to be highly configurable and to support multiple projects simultaneously.  It enables users to create and operate real-time communications applications and services on networks whose configurations can be easily varied.

Areas of research include

Programs / Themes



Real-Time Media (RTM)

SIP - Session Initiation Protocol

  • Voice over IIT (VoIIT)
  • SIP Performance Benchmarks

Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC)