The TALQ Consortium published a White Paper that offers insights into its global interface standard and certification scheme for managing smart city applications such as outdoor lighting networks. The document explains the system architecture and data model, as well as its functions and services.
The consortium contends that the Whitepaper helps cities, solution providers, project planners and other stakeholders understand the concepts and advantages of the Smart City Protocol. The full TALQ Specification Version 2.0, which the consortium says, lets vendors easily integrate the protocol into their systems, is available for TALQ member companies along with a Test Suite.
Cities trying to become smart cities want to invest in future-proof, interoperable solutions. As many of the currently available solutions are proprietary, the TALQ Consortium decided to develop the Smart City Protocol to unify multifaceted smart city requirements such as device commissioning, configuration, control, command, scheduled programs, and monitoring, as well as data collection.
The consortium insists that this software protocol, lets cities choose from device networking solutions from multiple vendors and control them all via a single instance of Central Management Software (CMS).
The consortium says that the TALQ Smart City Protocol offers a flexible data model that is applicable to a broad range of sectors accross numerous use cases, including outdoor lighting control, environmental data collection, waste collection, parking space detection, energy management and more.
The consortium asserts that integrating TALQ lets vendors describe and command their devices using TALQ functions that include a set of agreed configuration, operational and metering attributes and events. Furthermore, the consortium says that TALQ Services can easily configure, control, command, and monitor these functions. In addition to data collection the services include configuration, dynamic control programs, and manual overrides, on-demand data read service, group management, and firmware updates.
The protocol is based on a RESTful approach that the consortium says makes it easy to integrate into both existing CMS and Gateways. The Specification reportedly offers secure HTTP REST GET, PUT, POST, PATCH and DELETE requests and associated JSON data payloads to enable configuration, control, command and monitoring by any TALQ-compliant CMS
Furthermore, the consortium contends that TALQ provides a comprehensive certification program and associated test tools to verify interoperability, giving end-customers, such as cities, the assurance that the selected solutions are genuinely compatible.
While the detailed TALQ Specification is available only for TALQ member companies, the White Paper resides in the public domain of the TALQ website.