Google is inviting university researchers to join its IoT Technology Research Award Pilot, with the goal of creating great new IoT products and services.
In a post co-authored by Max Senges and Vint Cerf, an early pioneer of the Internet, Google outlines how this pilot will provide participating researchers with IoT technologies in short four to eight week projects.
The ultimate aim is that this will improve collaboration in the academic community on the Internet of Things, with the researchers quickly “discovering what they can do with our software and devices.”
Those wishing to take part need to create proposals for ways Google’s IoT technology can be used to explore innovative interfaces, whilst also addressing the challenges around interoperability, security, standardised modular system architecture, and user management. Google wants to see new approaches to these challenges.
Google Brillo and IoT
Priority will be given to proposals which can make immediate use of the technology already available on the market, as well as ideas that are interesting and innovative.
Projects should use one or more of: the Google beacon platform, Physical Web, Nearby Messages API, Brillo & Weave, OnHub router, Google Cloud Platform IoT Solutions, Chrome Boxes & Kiosk Apps, and Vanadium.
Proposals should be submitted before February 29th, and will be reviewed by Google researchers and product teams. The selected proposals will be notified by the end of March, and the award will be subject to Google’s terms, and the use of the Google technology will be subject to their terms of service.
For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.
Google is one of many technology companies, including Apple, trying to grab a piece of the IoT market. In recent months, it has launched Verily (the big data health company) and bought thermostat company Nest, robotics company Boston Dynamics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) outfit DeepMind.
However, as IoB writer Adrian Bridgwater detailed on these pages recently, all the search giant’s good efforts with the Internet of Things is currently been undone by a lack of standards and security in the wider ecosystem.