Google has released its managed service for IoT device connecting and control, Cloud IoT Core, to customers and channel partners. The new service was launched in coordination with device partners which include ARM, Cisco, and Intel.
In an effort to facilitate construction of new IoT solutions on its Google Cloud network, Google has been greatly expanding on its offerings for the Internet of Things. Cloud IoT Core is the latest example of what Google hopes will bring in more customers that want to utilize its cloud services to bring their IoT products to life.
In a blog post announcing the general availability of the service, Google Project Manager Indranil Chakraborty said, “With Cloud IoT Core, you can easily connect and centrally manage millions of globally dispersed connected devices.”
Of course, Google’s Cloud IoT Core isn’t meant to be used by itself. It’s a gateway that brings IoT developers into Google’s larger cloud ecosystem. It serves as a foundation for an IoT application, and Google Cloud’s other services, such as analytics and machine learning enable the data gathered by IoT devices to deliver actionable data.
Critical to the project’s success is the growth of Google’s partner ecosystem. Google currently lists 20 brands as either device or application partners for Cloud IoT Core. In order for the project to gain traction and grow, more partners need to buy into the ecosystem.
“On the device side, we have a variety of partners whose hardware works seamlessly with IoT Core. Application partners, meanwhile, help customers build solutions using IoT Core and other Google Cloud services,” Chakraborty said in the Google blog post.
Features and Pricing
Cloud IoT Core includes a device manager that users can utilize to configure and manage individual devices. This includes establishing a device’s identity and establishing authentication.
Another big feature for the platform is a Protocol Bridge which provides connection endpoints for protocols with automatic load balancing for device connections. This allows devices to utilize MQTT and HTTP protocols.
Cloud IoT Core customers pay per megabyte of ingested data, with the first 250 megabytes each month being included for free. The next 250 megabytes are billed at a rate of $0.0045 per megabyte. High-volume users receive discounts based on usage.