The Google IoT Technology Research Award Pilot

Monday, 15 February, 2016

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Google is interested in the Internet of Things (IoT). With experts estimating that the IoT will consist of 50 billion objects by 2020, Google cannot afford to miss the Next Big Thing. The 1,2 and 3 of the Google Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot are:

(1) explore interesting use cases and innovative user interfaces
(2) address technical challenges as well as interoperability between devices and applications
(3) experiment with new approaches to privacy, safety and security

The Google mission statment: “To connect our physical world to the Internet is a broad and long-term challenge, one we hope to address by working with researchers across many disciplines and work practices.”

Commentator Mike Downes: “for anyone even vaguely interested in the stuff in their home or around a shopping mall, a car or walking down the street — this is fascinating.”

Google can expect stiff competition in this space from Microsoft, which recently announced the general availability of its Azure IoT Hub suite: “This service provides capabilities for securely connecting, provisioning, updating and sending commands to devices,” wrote Nayana Singh last Monday. “IoT Hub enables companies to jumpstart their IoT projects by controlling millions of IoT assets running on a broad set of operating systems and protocols.”


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