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Google Launches Global IoT Connectivity

Google is stepping up its Internet of Things game, launching general availability for Cloud IoT Core, a managed service to help enterprises securely connect and manage millions of globally dispersed IoT devices.

Cloud IoT Core works with the broader Google Cloud IoT Service to ingest IoT data and connect it to analytics and machine learning to get actionable insights, according to a post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog Wednesday signed by Indranil Chakraborty, product manager, Google Cloud.

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Enterprises are already using Cloud IoT core for applications including smart cities, the sharing economy and seismic research, Chakraborty says.

Google is working with device and application partners to build out its ecosystem. Parters include Cisco, Intel and Sierra Wireless, Chakraborty says.

IoT Core went into public beta in the fall. The new version adds the ability to publish data streams from the IoT Core protocol bridge to multiple Cloud Pub/Sub topics, to simplify deployments, says the Google man. (See Google's Cloud IoT Core Platform Moves to Public Beta.)

Google acquired Xively, a division of LogMein Inc., for $50 million last week, to build IoT strength. (See Google Buys Xively for $50M to Build IoT Muscle.)

IoT is hot for cloud platforms, who are looking to generate revenue by connecting devices to analytics and management. Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Azure each offer IoT services similar to Google Cloud's.

A recent IDC report shows predicts spending on IoT could reach $772.5 billion this year and $1 trillion by 2020. (See IoT Spending to Reach $772B in 2018 – Report.)

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[email protected] 2/28/2018 | 6:02:08 PM
Re: Google @Michelle some things look harder than they are the early reviews for google home have not been great largely because they are playing catchup with Amazon echo which is already several versions deep. It's hard to unhook people from their tech as you know many people are all Apple or all Amazon or Droid so it's more challenging than it may seem at first try.
Susan Fourtané 2/28/2018 | 8:59:20 PM
Re: Google The smart home is advancing quickly so if Google doesn’t hurry up it will be left behind.
[email protected] 2/28/2018 | 10:57:53 PM
Re: Google Susan very true right now it is in the digital assistant market but there needs to be an infrastructure of integration to make that home assistant truly valuable I have seen Amazon evolve its integrations but its still not there. For Google, it is not a sprint to catch up and create a real competitor for Amazon.
mhhfive 3/7/2018 | 6:39:01 PM
Re: Google I'm curious if anyone thinks Siri is just being left behind in the dust behind Alexa and Google's voice assistant services? Siri has only just started to add integrations that are useful. And I'm not sure if Apple relies on a 3rd party to handle the voice/speech recognition? I think Apple initially used Nuance, but I'm not sure if that's true anymore. It would be a bit surprising if Apple didn't want to use its own speech tech in order to improve it at its own pace -- and to have an exclusive voice tech backend. 
kq4ym 3/14/2018 | 2:49:06 PM
Re: Google Consumers are probably not as concerned as they might logically thought to be, as brand loyatly counts for a great deal; Siri will be thought to be great by most Apple users, while Android folks will stick with theirs and not complain unless there's such a great differene in performance among the competitors.
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