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Google Cloud Next is taking place this week virtually. While there are typically many announcements made at their annual event, one of the lesser highlighted announcements this time around is for Google’s Intelligent Product Essentials.
With Intelligent Product Essentials, Google essentially provides all the key components to deploy distributed IoT and edge computing solutions. Components are included for data ingestion, connectivity both for data acquisition and IoT device OS/security updates, integration of acquired data into a database suitable for the type of data generated (e.g., spatial data, textual data, etc.), central and/or edge cloud application processing, AI/ML analysis, enabling modifications/additions to the processes through open APIs, and access to work across a multi-cloud infrastructure (few companies work with a single cloud infrastructure).
It is less of a product and more of a template or workbench, tying a number of connectivity and integration components together to give companies a head start on a complete IoT and edge deployed solution. Google offers some direct engagement with its customers but relies on partnering with specialized systems integrators (a list of which will be expanded over time) to complete a customer’s solution. The SI would typically focus on deploying IoT components and sensors that need to…