Google has introduced a new IoT management platform called Google Cloud IoT Core. The system was revealed via press release on Tuesday ahead of the upcoming Google I/O developer conference.
The Google Cloud IoT Core will make it easier for organizations to process large amounts of data generated by their connected devices. Besides, the platform automates a lot of work Google Cloud users have to do on their own to move data from their IoT devices to the Google Cloud Platform. With the Google Cloud IoT Core, IoT devices can be centrally controlled and integrated with other Google data analytics services.
As Google describes the system, it supports the standard MQTT protocol, which collects data from customers’ devices and delivers it to the Cloud Pub/Sub. The service aggregates dispersed data into a single system that integrates with Google Cloud data analytics services. After the data has been processed, Device Manager sends it back to the IoT device.
The Google Cloud IoT Core is launching in private beta, and will become generally available later this year.
Over the last two months, the new system has been tested by Energyworx startup that has been using Google Cloud services since 2014, Computerworld wrote. The company provides energy data management platform to help utility companies enhance their performance.
The Google Cloud IoT Core has been used by Energyworx to collect real-time data from thousands of solar inverters and electric vehicle charging ports in California and other locations. According to Edwin Poot, the founder of Energyworx, the company plans to expand the trial of the Cloud IoT Core to gather data from millions of smart utility meters used to measure water and gas.
Poot said Energyworx pays for Google cloud services a 10th what it paid for Amazon Web Services which the company used until 2014. “We’re seeing the power of cloud will grow fast and this [Google IoT] approach will be scalable,” Poot said. “We don’t install anything and don’t maintain anything. We just program it and use it and don’t worry about anything else.”
In December 2016, Google upgraded its IoT developer platform to make it easier for developers create smart, connected products. The company also updated its Weave platform allowing devices to easily connect to the cloud and interact with other services like Google Assistant.
Last week, Amazon unveiled its new connected device that lets users to make video and audio calls, make online purchases, and control other home devices.