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Google's Cloud IoT Core Platform Moves to Public Beta

Google's Cloud IoT Core management platform, which the company introduced earlier this year as a service attached to its Google Cloud Platform, is in public beta and the company added more security and connectivity features.

Cloud IoT Core is a cloud-based service for managing all the data collected from various Internet of Things devices and sensors; it then sorts and processes that data later in Google's cloud. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure each offer similar services within their respective public clouds.

Since its introduction, the platform was in private beta for certain customers. In a blog posted on Wednesday, Indranil Chakraborty, product manager for Google Cloud, notes the service has found users in the transportation, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare and ride-sharing markets.

(Source: ECN)
(Source: ECN)

In addition to moving the platform from private to public beta, Google added three new features to Cloud IoT Core to assist with management, connectivity and security:

  • Google allows customers to use their own device keys signed by their own Certificate Authority (CA) to certify and authenticate the whole IoT process. The Google platform then certifies the signature. "This, for example, enables device manufacturers to provision their devices offline in bulk with their CA-issued certificate, and then register the CA certificates and the device public keys with Cloud IoT Core," Chakraborty wrote on September 27.
  • In addition to MQTT -- an industry-standard IoT protocol -- Google lets customers securely connect IoT devices, as well as gateways, over HTTP to the Cloud IoT Core.
  • Finally, Cloud IoT Core maintains a logical representation of the physical sensor or device, and the platform also stores the last reported state of the device. This gives the customer a glimpse of the IoT device, even if it's turned off. There also are APIs to connected applications to the device that update it if the device or sensor is shut down.

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In addition to these features, Google released a new pricing scheme for the service. There's a free tier for those waiting to try the platform, and the first 250 MB of data are complementary. Prices go up from there; the top tier offers 5TB or more per month for 45 cents per megabyte.

Finally, Google also teamed up with several partners to distribute the Cloud IoT Core platform including, Allwinner Technology, ARM, Intel, Marvell, Microchip, Mongoose OS, NXP, Realtek, Sierra Wireless and SOTEC.

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[email protected] 10/12/2017 | 12:13:19 PM
Re: pricing Very true some free services are so limited they aggravate users and they just look elsewhere rather than upgrading.
Michelle 10/2/2017 | 2:23:44 PM
Re: pricing It's a delicate balance to strike. If anyone could do it well, I would expect Google to get close.
Phil_Britt 10/2/2017 | 10:03:17 AM
Re: pricing The trick will be to balance the additional value of the paid service with enough value of the free services to entice customers rather than just frustrating them.
Michelle 9/30/2017 | 6:55:31 PM
Re: pricing Fremium is a good way to go for these things. The really serious users will go ahead and pay to upgrade when it's time. 
[email protected] 9/30/2017 | 6:41:39 PM
Re: pricing It seems these days everyone has a free flavor but the limitations push users to the paid option, so they might keep it as a lead in.
Michelle 9/30/2017 | 1:54:58 PM
Re: pricing I wonder how long they'll keep the free tier open. It might make sense to keep it open longer than with other service launches.
[email protected] 9/29/2017 | 11:14:38 AM
Re: pricing I agree it is a smart way to get access and understand if it will work but as we know with many free offers on tech the functionality and support are often the gotcha. Making the free a little more costly than it appears.
Ariella 9/29/2017 | 9:52:54 AM
Re: pricing @Michelle Google often does extend some free version of its new things to allow people to play with it. It's a smart way to get some momentum going and get valuable feedback. 
Michelle 9/28/2017 | 11:08:07 PM
Re: pricing I think the free tier will be popular for developers. If I had a reason to use it, I certainly would. I've avoided Azure for a very long time because I don't want to pay to try it out...
Ariella 9/28/2017 | 1:30:45 PM
pricing <Google released a new pricing scheme for the service. There's a free tier for those waiting to try the platform, and the first 250 MB of data are complementary. Prices go up from there; the top tier offers 5TB or more per month for 45 cents per megabyte.>

That sounds like a pretty low price. Do we have figures to know how that compares to competitor offerings? 
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