Ubiquity with Google - event notes, Jan 16

Held at the Strand Theatre on Market St - which turns out to be a very reasonable small conference venue in San Francisco, 11 - 12 January 2016

The content was nicely presented - it was marketing, only slightly technical, for Google's internet of Things (IoT) - they'd like to get a constituency of developers who are familiar with the Google Cloud and the Google security model, to work on Brillo, Weave, Beacons, and machine learning.

Updating to add link to all the event video https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsILhJSXjIpNxBE5HkND3wFPL Google Developers channel


Brillo - not a scouring pad made with steel wire and embedded soap, but hardware specifications, APIs, runtime environment, libraries and tools - code is written in C or C++
Weave - a messaging service, bootstrapping services, mobile SDKs, a cloud server

The two things were presented as "Brillo & Weave" , said as one word. This was common across presenters.

Beacons are small devices broadcasting Bluetooth low energy in the Eddystone frame format to an Android or iOS app.

The security session was very competent; covered the risks of each component, gave examples related to common consumer experiences, explained the recommendations and tradeoffs. Eminently suitable for early stage experiments, and relies totally on Google's account security. No recommendations for a production environment which wouldn't use Google accounts.

The real time IoT talk used development of a remotely accessible Simon Says game as its working example, and the relevance to production development was even less obvious. It did use the GRPC library, Kubernetes, and protocol buffers.

Coming to this from 4 years hearing about the development and implementation of the sensor network for millions of PG&E meters, this stuff seems oddly light weight. Google Ventures was an investor in SilverSpring Networks, who build the wireless NICs for those meters. However, that's the Industrial IoT, and this event was for consumer oriented developers. There is a E-SIM for consumer devices specification which is intended for production.

All the support for the event was excellent. I listened to part of the livestream on the first day, then went in person on the second, having joined the Slack channel. Swag included a Dragon board, LEDs, and a Beacon as well as Cardboard. Video of the presentations is on Youtube.



Keynote video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZLp2cidEB0

Industrial IoT https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/top-startups-iiot
McKinsey paper on E-SIM http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/telecommunications/E_SIM_for_consumers_...