TALQ Consortium Extends Interoperability in Smart Cities Standard Beyond Lighting

The TALQ Consortium based in Piscataway, New Jersey USA, reports that it formally revised its consortium scope to work with smart city applications beyond smart outdoor lighting. The TALQ Consortium now intends to extend its standardized software protocol that was previously for use between Central Management Systems and generic Outdoor Devices Networks to enable compatibility between systems from different IoT and smart city application segments.

As the TALQ Specification for Outdoor Lighting is complete, the consortium plans to debut the first certified TALQ-compliant products at the smart city expo 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, in November.

The consortium contends that the proven TALQ Framework offers the perfect backbone to promote interoperability among different applications such as e-mobility, parking, and waste management. Smart city marque projects around the world prove conclusively that ‘smart’ solutions require effective collaboration between different providers. According to the TALQ Consortium, the adoption of international standards to allow interoperability and accelerate innovation helps facilitate this collaboration.

The consortium points out that most IoT and smart city visionaries predict that in the coming five years, smart outdoor lighting will be the most widely adopted solution for a smart city. So back in 2012, the TALQ Consortium decided to start developing a standard that enabled the interoperability between street lighting communication networks deployed in the field and the managing applications’ software platforms.

TALQ says that the goal has always been and continues to be to protect cities and municipalities from vendor-lock-in and, in turn, helping to accelerate the adoption of energy- and cost-saving systems.

First TALQ Consortium Certified Products

Several lighting manufacturers successfully passed the associated rigorous certification process with both software and hardware products. These products represent the first TALQ-compliant certified outdoor lighting system components, and a list of them will be published in November 2017.

The consortium insists that these certified products give cities and municipalities more flexibility, a wider range of products to choose from, a reduced investment risk, greater operational savings as well as an assurance of future-proofed technology decisions.

The TALQ Consortium operates as a non-profit organization, and companies in the smart city realm can generally join the consortium. Member firms can benefit from the collaborative development of an interface technology standard as one of the pioneers of the smart city standard.

These technology pioneers can further benefit from competitive advantages when integrating the TALQ Smart City Protocol into their products and achieving TALQ certification.

“With the extended scope, we expect to grow our membership base notably in 2018. And we are convinced that the new application areas, such as smart parking, traffic, and waste management will stimulate many highly interesting discussions to solve technology and interoperability problems for cities in the long run,” commented Simon Dunkley, secretary general TALQ Consortium.