Google has unveiled a new IoT management platform. Called Cloud IoT Core, it is a fully managed service that reportedly allows users “to easily and securely connect, manage, and ingest data from millions of globally dispersed devices”.
In combination with other services on Google Cloud IoT platform, says Jeremy Cowan, Cloud IoT Core aims to provide a complete solution for collecting, processing, analysing, and visualising IoT data in real time to support improved operational efficiency. (Also see: NXP and Google Cloud use new Cloud IoT Core to connect and manage devices at a global scale.)
Make informed decisions at global scale
The solution is designed to allow individual devices to be configured and managed securely in a coarse-grained way; management can be done through a console or programmatically. The device manager establishes the identity of a device and provides the mechanism for authenticating a device when connecting. It also maintains a logical configuration of each device and can be used to remotely control the device from the cloud.
The protocol bridge provides connection endpoints for protocols with automatic load balancing for all device connections. The protocol bridge has native support for secure connection over MQTT, an industry-standard IoT protocol. The protocol bridge also publishes all device telemetry to Cloud Pub/Sub, which can then be consumed by downstream analytic systems.
Among the key features of Cloud IoT Core are:
Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS 1.2; devices running Android Things or supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full-stack security.
Connect all devices to Google Cloud over standard protocols, such as MQTT, through the protocol endpoints and manage all your devices as a single global system. The service uses Cloud Pub/Sub underneath, which retains data for 7 days.
Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services such as Dataflow, BigQuery, Bigtable, ML, Data Studio, or partner BI tools.
The service is serverless and doesn’t require any upfront software installation. It scales instantly without limits using horizontal scaling of Google Cloud Platform.
Apply IAM roles to device registries to control user access to devices and data
Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment, and operation of devices at scale.Google Cloud IoT Core is launching in private beta and will be on general release later this year.Comment on this article below or via Twitter: @IoTNow_ OR @jcIoTnow