Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Google (finally) launches Cloud IoT Core to help manage edge computing devices

Users will be able to use the solution free of charge up to the first 250MB with prices going to $0.00045 per MB when deployments achieve 5TB or more.

Google has launched the public beta version of its Cloud IoT Core designed to help manage internet of things (IoT) devices at scale.

“With Cloud IoT Core, you can easily connect and centrally manage millions of globally dispersed IoT devices,” said Indranil Chakraborty, Product Manager, Google Cloud.

Google has engineered the solution in such a way that when used as part of the broader Google Cloud IoT solution, users will be able to ingest all IoT data and connect to the multinational’s analytics services including Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Google Cloud Dataflow, Google Cloud Bigtable, Google BigQuery, and Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine to gain actionable insights.

Some of the highlighted benefits of Google Cloud IoT Core include the ability to verify ownership of device keys, connect existing devices with HTTP, and the capability to maintain a logical representation of the physical IoT device, including device properties and its last state.

The product has been in used privately for some time since its original announcement at Google I/O.

Cloud IoT Core device partners include Allwinner Technology, Arm, Intel, Marvell, Microchip, Mongoose OS, NXP, Realtek, Sierra Wireless and SOTEC.

Chakraborty said: “When used as part of a broader Google Cloud IoT solution, Cloud IoT Core gives you access to new operational insights that can help your business react to, and optimize for, change in real time. This advantage has value across multiple industries; for example: utilities can monitor, analyze and predict consumer energy usage in real time; transportation and logistics firms can proactively stage the right vehicles/vessels/aircraft in the right places at the right times; and oil and gas and manufacturing companies can enable intelligent scheduling of equipment maintenance to maximize production and minimize downtime.”