Google has launched a cloud service for managing internet of things devices.
Cloud IoT Core will integrate with Google’s other Cloud Platform products, such as Dataflow and BigQuery.
Google seems to be aiming the service mainly at big industrial companies, as suggested by the applications listed by Indranil Chakraborty, product manager, Google Cloud, on the company’s blog:
The key features, adds Chakraborty, include Cloud IoT Core’s “fast and easy” setup and management, its “out-of-the-box” industry-standard security protocols, native integration with analytics services, and auto-managed infrastructure.
Google Cloud IoT Core is currently available as a private beta, with a few select companies already having applied it to their business.
Ugia, VP engineering, Noa Technologies, says: “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.”
Chakraborty says that when Cloud IoT Core becomes generally available, it 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.
Meanwhile, ManageEngine, part of the Zoho Corporation, has extended its own – more specialised – IoT platform.
ManageEngine has added remote trouble-shooting to its Mobile Device Manager Plus software, and its main new feature is that it allows IT admins to remotely troubleshoot users’ Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above.
In fact, if it’s a Samsung, the admin can take “complete control” of the device to “view its current condition and provide support”.
For non-Samsung devices, admins can view the device screen in the same way they can share the screen of a desktop.
However, users are required to grant permission before admins can take control of their device, says ManageEngine.
Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management for Mobile Device Manager Plus, says: “Mobile devices are quickly catching up to desktops and laptops as the go-to devices for performing tasks. Industry analysts predict that by the end of this year, there will be approximately 2.4 billion enterprise smartphone users globally.
“When faced with device problems, employees don’t want to spend their time trying to resolve the issues. With the addition of remote troubleshooting in Mobile Device Manager Plus, administrators can access employees’ mobile devices remotely at any time and provide support on the go.”