According to Ericsson, more than 70 billion “smart devices”, including smart hand-held devices, smart transportation vehicles, and smart housing applications among others, will be connected to the Internet Of Things or IoT by 2023. Cloud servers are getting more popular inside the emerging IoT scene, where data storage, analytics, and distribution ledger technologies work together in order to shape “tomorrow”. Google is not by a chance left behind, providing one of the top shelf solutions for Cloud data storage and according to their latest announcement they are examining the possibility to acquire Xively, an IoT focused company providing machine based networks inside the Internet Of Things.
Google might be showcasing a series of IoT applications build to work in and with Google’s Cloud services and Analytics. The industrial titan already possesses a huge amount of collective data gathered during the past decades through their homonymous search engine. It is time to see how all that information can make sense to the machines that will interfere with each other in a dedicated network.
“Through this acquisition, Cloud IoT Core will gain deep IoT technology and engineering expertise, including Xively’s advanced device management, messaging, and dashboard capabilities. Our customers will benefit from Xively’s extensive feature set and flexible device management platform, paired with the security and scale of Google Cloud. With Google Cloud’s deep leadership in data analytics and machine learning, our customers will also be uniquely positioned to build turnkey IoT solutions and focus on business value creation.”
Xively (formerly known as Cosm and Pachube) is a division of LogMeIn Inc (LOGM), a global, public company that is a leading provider of essential remote services. Organizations worldwide rely on LogMeIn’s suite of SaaS customer care, remote IT management, access and collaboration products. Xively is built on LogMeIn’s cloud platform Gravity, which handles over 255 million devices, users, and customers across 7 datacenters worldwide.
Xively offers an award-winning enterprise IoT platform and application solution for enterprises building connected products and services. Xively enables companies to securely and robustly connect their products, manage data from those connections, and engage more closely with their customers. The solution gives physical products a voice in the relationships that they facilitate between a company and all of its constituents (customers, partners, vendors, installers, etc.) in order to better develop, market, sell and support the next generation of connected products.
We are looking forward to seeing what comes out of this acquisition and how Google would enter the IoT scene dynamically, having in mind that most of the smart hand-held devices are already “reporting” to Google even on a traditional level.