Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) startup FogHorn Systems is partnering with Google Cloud IoT Core to make it easier for companies to deploy and manage their IoT solutions. FogHorn has always connected to cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud, but this collaboration provides a deeper level of integration, according to FogHorn CEO David King.
“This represents the next step in the evolution of the industrial IoT,” King said. “This allows processing at the edge. We apply the machine learning to connect it with the cloud and that makes it easier to provision for the customer.”
Essentially, the partnership with Google will allow customers to get their devices provisioned automatically and it will allow data that is captured by the machine learning algorithms on the edge device to get published back to the Google IoT Core.
“Google IoT Core has a mechanism that can adjust the edge devices,” said Sastry Malladi, CTO at FogHorn. “Industrial customers have millions of devices and automatically registering them to the core is hard. Google IoT Core does that.”
According to King, the combined capabilities create new efficiencies for companies because enterprises can enable data processing at or near the source of the sensor data, then send that data to the cloud, revise that model, and continue to move data from the cloud to the edge and back.
And while the relationship is not exclusive, King noted that currently other IoT platforms like AWS Greengrass or Microsoft Azure don’t have the same seamless interface as Google. “Google just has a framework that it easy to connect with them,” King said. And while FogHorn would consider integrating with Greengrass, it is just a more complicated process right now. “We will partner with any cloud providers. We are not exclusive. But this level of integration we believe is helpful.”
FogHorn has been in growth mode. The company in October attracted $30 million in Series B funding. The funding round was led by Intel Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, and Honeywell Ventures. This round came less than a year after the company’s $12 million Series A funding, bringing the firm’s total funding to $47.5 million.
For its part, Google has also been investing in its IoT Cloud Core. Last month the company purchased IoT platform company Xively from LogMein for $50 million. At the time, Google said that the acquisition would give the the IoT Cloud Core platform more IoT engineering expertise and more device management and messaging capabilities.