Introducing Google Cloud IoT Core:
for securely connecting and managing IoT devices at scale
By Indranil Chakraborty, Product Manager, Google Cloud
May 16, 2017
Today we're announcing a new
Google Cloud Platform
(GCP) service called
Google Cloud IoT Core.
Cloud IoT Core makes it easy for you to securely connect your
globally distributed devices to GCP, centrally manage them and build
rich applications by integrating with our data analytics services.
Furthermore, all data ingestion, scalability, availability and
performance needs are automatically managed for you in GCP style.
When used as part of a broader Google Cloud IoT solution, Cloud IoT
Core gives you access to new operational insights that can help your
business react to, and optimize for, change in real time. This
advantage has value across multiple industries; for example:
- Utilities can monitor,
analyze and predict consumer energy usage in real time
- Transportation and
logistics firms can proactively stage the right
vehicles/vessels/aircraft in the right places at the right times
- Oil and gas and
manufacturing companies can enable intelligent scheduling of
equipment maintenance to maximize production and minimize
So, why is this the right time for Cloud IoT
About all the things
Many enterprises that rely on industrial devices
such as sensors, conveyor belts, farming equipment, medical equipment
and pumps particularly, globally distributed ones are struggling to
monitor and manage those devices for several reasons:
Cloud IoT Core is designed
to help resolve these problems by removing risk, complexity and data
silos from the device monitoring and management process. Instead, it
offers you the ability to more securely connect and manage all your
devices as a single global system. Through a single pane of glass
you can ingest data generated by all those devices into a responsive
data pipeline and, when combined with other Cloud IoT services,
analyze and react to that data in real time.
- Operational cost and
complexity: The overhead of managing the deployment,
maintenance and upgrades for exponentially more devices is
stifling. And even with a custom solution in place, the resource
investments required for necessary IT infrastructure are
- Patchwork security:
Ensuring world-class, end-to-end security for globally
distributed devices is out of reach or at least not a core
competency for most organizations.
- Data fragmentation:
Despite the fact that machine-generated data is now an important
data source for making good business decisions, the massive
amount of data generated by these devices is often stored in
silos with a short expiration date, and hence never reaches
downstream analytic systems (nor decision makers).
Key features and
Several key Cloud IoT Core features help you meet
these goals, including:
Fast and easy setup
and management: Cloud IoT Core lets you connect up to
millions of globally dispersed devices into a single system with
smooth and even data ingestion ensured under any condition.
Devices are registered to your service quickly and easily via
the industry-standard MQTT protocol. For
Android Things-based devices,
firmware updates can be automatic.
out-of-the-box: Secure all device data via industry-standard
security protocols. (Combine Cloud IoT Core with Android Things
for device operating-system security, as well.) Apply
Google Cloud IAM
roles to devices to control user access in a fine-grained way.
- Native integration
with analytic services: Ingest all your IoT data so you can
manage it as a single system and then easily connect it to our
native analytic services (including
Google Cloud Dataflow,
Google BigQuery and
Google Cloud Machine Learning
partner BI solutions (such as Looker, Qlik, Tableau and
Zoomdata). Pinpoint potential problems and uncover solutions
using interactive data visualizations, or build rich
machine-learning models that reflect how your business works.
infrastructure: All this in the form of a fully-managed,
pay-as-you-go GCP service, with no infrastructure for you to
deploy, scale or manage.
"With Google Cloud IoT
Core, we have been able to connect large fleets of bicycles to
the cloud and quickly build a smart transportation fleet
management tool that provides operators with a real-time view of
bicycle utilization, distribution and performance metrics, and
it forecasts demand for our customers."
Jose L. Ugia, VP Engineering,
Cloud IoT Core is currently
available as a private beta, and were launching with these hardware
Cloud IoT Device Partners
Cloud IoT Application Partners
When generally available, Cloud IoT Core will
serve as an important, foundational tool for hardware partners and
customers alike, offering scalability, flexibility and efficiency
for a growing set of IoT use cases. In the meantime, we look forward
to your feedback!