IOTech expands Google Cloud partnership for no-code applications at the edge
Edge software provider IOTech is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud to offer smart and integrated edge-cloud solutions for enterprise companies. With this partnership, industrial users including manufacturing, building automation, and smart energy can now deploy smart, no-code and integrated edge-cloud solutions at scale.
This expanded partnership will impact industrial IoT deployments which come with certain challenges including OT/IT integration. The northbound communication protocol to Google Cloud is typically MQTT or REST while the southbound communication protocols include Modbus, BACnet, Ethernet/IP, S7, OPC-UA and many more. Other challenges industrial users face includes the ability to extract data from old and legacy IoT devices and the ability to control what data specifically is sent to Google Cloud, mainly for security, latency and/or cost reasons. Edge computing capabilities and features therefore play an increasingly important role in industrial IoT.