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Google Cloud IoT Core

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Google Cloud IoT CoreProduct Overview

  1. About Google Cloud IoT Core
  2. Pros of Google Cloud IoT Core
  3. Cons of Google Cloud IoT Core
  4. Breakdown of core features

Google Cloud IoT Core product overview

Google Cloud IoT Core is a fully-managed Google service that streamlines the secure connection, management, and ingestion of data from globally dispersed devices.

The IoT platform, in combination with other services on Google Cloud, provides a complete solution for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing data in real-time to support improved operational efficiency. It uses Cloud Pub/Sub underneath and aggregates dispersed device data into a single global system that integrates seamlessly with Google Cloud data analytics services.

Organizations can use the Google Cloud IoT Core’s data stream for advanced analytics, visualizations, and machine learning to improve operational efficiency, anticipate problems, and build rich models that better describe and optimize the business. This platform establishes two-way communication with various devices.

Pros of Google Cloud IoT Core

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  • Google Cloud IoT Core runs on a serverless infrastructure, which scales automatically in response to real-time changes. It also adheres to stringent industry-standard security protocols that protect business data.
  • It works out of the box with devices from leading hardware manufacturers. Businesses can reduce capital expenditures on IoT projects and maintenance costs with a pay-as-you-go service.

Cons of Google Cloud IoT Core

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  • The platform doesn’t have two-factor authentication features.

Breakdown of core features

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Device manager

The device manager enables the configuration and secure management of individual devices in a coarse-grained way. Organizations can manage devices through a console or programmatically. Furthermore, this feature establishes the identity of a device and provides the mechanism for authenticating a device when connecting. It maintains a logical configuration of each device and is ready for use to remotely control the device from the cloud.

Protocol bridge

The protocol bridge provides connection endpoints for protocols with automatic load balancing for all device connections. It has native support for secure connection over industry-standard protocols, such as MQTT and HTTP. This feature also publishes all device telemetry to Cloud Pub/Sub, which is consumable by downstream analytic systems.

End-to-end security

Companies can enable end-to-end security in Google Cloud IoT Core using asymmetric key authentication over TLS 1.2. Additionally, organizations can use CA-signed certificates to verify device ownership. Devices supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full-stack security.

Single global system

Users can connect all devices and gateways to Google Cloud over standard protocols like MQTT and HTTP, through the protocol endpoints. Organizations can manage all devices as a single global system. The service uses Cloud Pub/Sub underneath, which retains data for seven days.

(Last updated on 02/02/2022 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)

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  • Device manager
  • Protocol bridge
  • End-to-end security
  • Single global system
  • Out-of-box data insights
  • Role-level access control
  • high-frequency, low-latency communication
  • Offline operation and support for resource-constrained devices


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