Google announces IoT research award pilot

Google IoT pilot project

Google’s been a little slow off the block on the Internet of Things (IoT) as compared to some of the other majors like Cisco. Yet, it plods on. Google has now invited university researchers to participate in the IoT Technology Research Award Pilot to tackle certain “significant challenges” in its onward march.

This pilot, according to a post on its research blog, shall provide selected researchers in-kind gifts of Google IoT related technologies 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.

Researches are invited to submit proposals in which Google IoT technologies are used to:

(1) explore interesting use cases & innovative user interfaces

(2) address technical challenges as well as interoperability between devices & applications

(3) experiment with new approaches to privacy, safety & security. Proposed projects should make use of 1 or a combination of these Google technologies:

  • Google beacon platform – consisting of the open beacon format Eddystone & various client & Cloud APIs, this platform allows developers to mark up the world to make your apps & 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 – & 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, & to keep it updated over time. Weave is an open communications & interoperability platform for IoT devices that allows for easy connections to networks, smartphones (both Android and iOS), mobile apps, Cloud services, & other smart devices.
  • OnHub router – a communication hub for the Internet of Things supporting Bluetooth Smart Ready, 802.15.4 & 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. It also allows you to quickly create a guest network & control the devices you want to share.
  • Google Cloud Platform IoT Solutions – tools to scale connections, gather & make sense of data, & 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.

Please submit your proposal here by February 29 in order to be considered for a award. Proposals will be reviewed by researchers and product teams within Google.




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