Recently, Google has launched a brand new service called
Google Cloud iOT. This service will allow companies to manage their iOT devices
and also process the data generated by them. The service could prove to have
some serious benefits for various enterprises with regards to data collection
from their own systems.
This also sets Google’s services up squarely against the
likes of Microsoft and AWS. Although Google says that the move was not taken in
response to competition as much as in response to the constant demands from its
Collecting data is a huge task, processing it even more
so. It is not as much as the task is difficult but the sheer magnitude when you
stop to consider the fact that any device be it a car, a truck, medical
equipment or a whole host of others –can be made capable of generating data.
This data can then be used to improve your services. What Google is attempting
to do here, is to provide a middle interface that lets companies let go of a
portion of hard work required in collecting and processing data to Google.
Google is also projecting itself and its ecosystem that
is more open as compared to its competitors like Microsoft and Amazon. The
solution in itself will consist of a device manager that will handle every
device you will collect data from. You can do it manually, or even automate the
process when it comes to extremely large number of devices.
The second part of the equation will be a protocol bridge
that will serve to facilitate communications between the machines and the
Google Cloud Services. Everything is secure from scratch as it uses for secure connection over MQTT, an
industry-standard IoT protocol. Once the data is safely in through the use of
this protocol, you can use it for processing, visualization, or eventual use in
There is a pretty huge market here — and one which will
only expand in the near future — and by moving ahead now Google could well be
on its way to capitalize upon a great opportunity.