Google Internet Of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot Announced

Google invites its users to submit proposals in which Google IoT technologies are being used in order to explore interesting use cases and innovative user interfaces, address technical challenges along with interoperability between devices and applications, and also experiment with new approaches to privacy, safety, and security.
 
As per the official blog:
 
“Over the past few years, Google engineers have experimented and developed a set of building blocks for Internet Of Things - an ecosystem of connected devices, services and “things” that promises direct and efficient support of one’s daily life.”
 
As stated, there have been noteworthy challenges, such as:
  • Interoperability and a standardized modular systems architecture.
  • Privacy, security and user safety.
  • How users interact with, manage and control an ensemble of devices in this connected environment.
 
 
 
Google in its official blog states:
 
“It is in this context that we are happy to invite university researchers1 to participate in the Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot. This pilot provides selected researchers in-kind gifts of Google IoT related technologies (listed below), with the goal of fostering collaboration with the academic community on small-scale (~4-8 week) experiments, discovering what they can do with our software and devices.”
 
Google invites its users to submit proposals in which Google IoT technologies are being used in order to explore interesting use cases and innovative user interfaces, address technical challenges along with interoperability between devices and applications, and also experiment with new approaches to privacy, safety and security. The proposed projects should make use of one or a combination of the following Google technologies as per the official blog:
  • Google beacon platform - consisting of the open beacon format Eddystone and various client and cloud APIs, this platform allows developers to mark up the world to make your apps and devices work smarter by providing timely, contextual information.

  • Physical Web - based on the Eddystone URL beacon format, the Physical Web is an approach designed to allow any smart device to interact with real world objects - a vending machine, a poster, a toy, a bus stop, a rental car - and not have to download an app first.

  • Nearby Messages API - a publish-subscribe API that lets you pass small binary payloads between internet-connected Android and iOS devices as well as with beacons registered with Google's proximity beacon service.

  • Brillo & Weave - Brillo is an Android-based embedded OS that brings the simplicity and speed of mobile software development to IoT hardware to make it cost-effective to build a secure smart device, and to keep it updated over time. Weave is an open communications and interoperability platform for IoT devices that allows for easy connections to networks, smartphones (both Android and iOS), mobile apps, cloud services, and other smart devices.

  • OnHub router - a communication hub for the Internet of Things supporting Bluetooth® Smart Ready, 802.15.4 and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. It also allows you to quickly create a guest network and control the devices you want to share.

  • Google Cloud Platform IoT Solutions - tools to scale connections, gather and make sense of data, and provide the reliable customer experiences that IoT hardware devices require.

  • Chrome Boxes & Kiosk Apps - provides custom full screen apps for a purpose-built Chrome device, such as a guest registration desk, a library catalog station, or a point-of-sale system in a store.

  • Vanadium - an open-source framework designed to make it easier to develop secure, multi-device user experiences, with or without an Internet connection. 
Google is requesting its uses to submit their proposals, on their website by February 29, in order to be considered for an award. The proposals would be viewed by a set of researchers along with the Google product teams. Selected proposals will be notified by the end of March 2016.
 
Google concluded by saying,
 
“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. We are looking forward to the collaborative opportunity provided by this pilot, and learning about innovative applications you create for these new technologies.”