Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Electric Imp and Google integrate connectivity and cloud platforms

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2018
California-based Electric Imp’s IoT connectivity platform has been integrated with the Google’s CGP cloud platform, creating a combination for such IoT-based applications as asset tracking, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.
The platform is said to be a complement to the GCP, providing a highly secure, bidirectional first-kilometre link that connects devices to the cloud. The platform supports a wide array of connectivity scenarios, from simple stationary applications to mobile deployments. It is suited to complex applications requiring stationary and mobile connectivity thanks to its ability to switch between Ethernet, wifi and cellular networks.
With data from these devices securely and reliably delivered to the GCP, companies can take advantage of Google’s AI, machine learning and analytics tools.
“Securely and reliably connecting a large and growing number of devices is key to the success of any IoT deployment,” said Antony Passemard, head of product management for cloud IoT at Google Cloud. “The Electric Imp platform can provide this critical connectivity with our Google Cloud platform.”
Many Electric Imp customers already use Google’s Firebase in their IoT deployments, and this integration highlights the deepening ties between the two companies’ products.
“Integrating the Google Cloud platform and our Electric Imp IoT connectivity platform enables companies to quickly realise the potential of IoT by reducing complexity and streamlining the effort to deploy, commission, secure and manage IoT devices at scale,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO of Electric Imp. “The result is a powerful combination of secure connectivity, massive scalability and big data analytics capabilities ideal for new and retrofit IoT applications that create substantial business benefits and competitive advantages for customers.”
Companies can also use Electric Imp’s ImpCellular service, which simplifies the process of developing, shipping and maintaining connected devices. With ImpCellular, companies are never exposed to SIMs, activation fees, complex price plans or carrier requirements.
The Electric Imp platform, already deployed on millions of devices with over 100 users worldwide, includes:

  • A secure, purpose-built edge-to-enterprise IoT platform-as-a-service (PaaS);
  • Certification to UL 2900-2-2 for cyber security for industrial control systems;
  • Managed security and platform maintenance;
  • Customisable for a wide array of commercial and industrial applications, from asset and energy management to remote monitoring; and
  • Public and private cloud capabilities
Electric Imp, founded in 2011, is located in Los Altos, California, and Cambridge, England.