TALQ Consortium Smart City Protocol Version 2.0 Undergoing Formal Approval

The TALQ Consortium, which has created a global interface standard and certification scheme for managing smart city applications such as outdoor lighting networks, completed its upgrade to Version 2.0. The consortium based the new version on an easy to integrate protocol with a JSON data schema and RESTful APIs. The organization says that the Version 2.0 will allow very quick integration for companies offering Street Lighting or other Smart City Solutions and will guarantee that cities have interoperability between different vendors.

The TALQ specification 2.0 began the formal approval process on June 2, 2018. The official approval by the general assembly is expected in summer 2018.

TALQ Version 2.0 smart city protocol diagram

TALQ Version 2.0 smart city protocol diagram

Cities Need Future-proof, Interoperable Solutions to become Smart Cities

Cities that want to become Smart Cities have to select solutions for outdoor lighting control, waste collection, energy management, environmental data collection, parking space detection, and many other services. The cities will implement these solutions for many years. For this reason, cities are looking for a broad choice among different future-proof and interoperable systems.

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As most of the available solutions currently are proprietary and focusing on collecting data, the TALQ Consortium decided to develop the Smart City Protocol to unite all smart city requirements including device commissioning, data collection, configuration, control, command, monitoring, as well as scheduled programs. Due to this software protocol, the consortium says that cities can now choose device networking solutions from multiple vendors and control them all via a single Central Management Software instance.

TALQ decided to upgrade the protocol to a RESTful/JSON approach to facilitate implementation and shorten timescales.

TALQ Version 2.0 Begins Formal Approval Process

The organization says that it has completed the development of TALQ Version 2.0 successfully, and Version 2.0 now enters the formal approval process. The specification documents comprise both a text-based specification and the three core OAS (Open API Specification) files. The consortium shares these documents among all TALQ member companies for detailed analysis and comment.

In parallel, the consortium plans to soon publish a White Paper, describing the advantages of the Smart City Protocol and explaining the data model, services, functions, and the RESTful / JSON architecture in detail.

“The new Version 2.0 is the culmination of six months’ extremely hard work by the Technical Working Group, for which I am very grateful. In the past weeks I have heard an encouraging amount of enthusiasm both from within the consortium and from industry more widely,” said Simon Dunkley, secretary general of the TALQ Consortium.

Implementing TALQ Version 2.0 lets vendors be completely free to describe their end-devices through TALQ Functions using TALQ Services (configuration, data collect, real-time control, on-demand read, scheduled control, etc.). In that way, the consortium contends that the standard fosters competition and allows cities to choose among multiple different solutions while ensuring full compatibility.