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Google Cloud IoT Core helps businesses securely connect and manage IoT devices

Google Cloud Platform recently expanded its IoT offerings with a new service that uses machine learning to drive analytics-based insights from connected devices.

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A new service from Google Cloud Platform (GCP) could help businesses securely connect and manage their Internet of Things (IoT) devices at scale. The Google Cloud IoT Core, announced via press release on Tuesday, offers a central point of management for IoT devices and integrations with other Google analytics services.

The service will manage aspects of an organization's IoT deployment such as data ingestion, scalability, availability, and performance, the release said. Additionally, users will be able to build IoT applications that utilize the additional analytics tools.

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With Cloud IoT Core, an organization can connect millions of IoT devices from around the world to one system. The devices would be registered through the MQTT protocol, the release noted, and devices built on the Android Things platform have the option of receiving automatic firmware updates as well.

The service also utilizes standard security protocols, the release said, and Google Cloud IAM roles can be used with IoT devices to provide even tighter access control.

For analytics, users can push their IoT data to Google services such as Cloud Dataflow, BigQuery, and Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine. However, there are also integrations available with partner products from Looker, Qlik, Tableau, and Zoomdata. Some examples of analytics insights from IoT data could be monitoring energy use and scheduled equipment maintenance, the release said.

In the press release, Google said it believes that it is the right time to offer such a service, because many major companies are struggling to manage the cost, complexity, security issues, and data fragmentation associated with IoT deployments.

The goal of Cloud IoT Core is to limit the risk and complexity that can come with such a project, and break down the data silos as well, the release said.

Like many other GCP products, the Cloud IoT Core will be offered in a pay-as-you-go revenue model, the release noted. Customers will not be expected to provide any additional infrastructure for the deployment.

Google Cloud IoT Core is available now in private beta.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. The Google Cloud IoT Core offers easier management and deployment of IoT devices, along with analytics integrations for IoT data.
  2. Devices are registered through the MQTT, and the service makes use of standard security protocols as well.
  3. Google Cloud IoT Core will be available as a fully-managed service in a pay-as-you-go model.

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