With the first TALQ-compliant systems soon to be certified, the steering committee has decided to define a standard interface for other smart city apps
Due to demand from cities, software suppliers and global hardware manufacturers, the TALQ Consortium has set up a new smart city ‘Requirements Workgroup’ to extend the TALQ specification to support further smart city and IoT applications.
The TALQ consortium was first set-up in 2012 by leading lighting industry players to develop an interoperable interface to connect and manage heterogeneous street lighting networks from various hardware and software vendors.
And now with the first TALQ-compliant systems soon to be certified and rolled out, the steering committee has decided to define a standard interface for other smart city apps, thereby enabling cities to have more flexibility, reduce risk and ultimately enable greater operational savings.
Cities face many challenges on the way to becoming smart. They need to make sure that they opt for state-of-the-art technology when developing a large variety of public services ranging from outdoor lighting, parking, waste management to E-Mobility and many other applications.
Most of these services are long-term investments that will be in use for decades. Besides trying to foster competition and negotiate the best pricing, public purchasers prefer to invest in open systems to guarantee continued access to future-proof solutions.
Leading cities are increasingly looking to select interoperable solutions across their systems. For instance, when lighting control platforms are integrated with sensor networks and traffic systems, interoperable interfaces for this different kind of smart city applications are urgently needed.
“We will first analyse other emerging smart city interface standards and highlight why an adoption of the TALQ Specification promises benefits to cities,” said Gerard Lokhoff, TALQ Consortium, secretary general.
”Our street lighting standard enables true interoperability and ensures long term flexibility for cities. Now with extending the specifications to wider smart city solutions we will make these benefits available for a much broader set of innovative applications and public services.”
TALQ is an open industry consortium consisting of many major players within smart lighting including the likes of Cisco Systems, Current – powered by GE, Harvard Engineering, Hesalight, OSRAM, Philips Lighting, Silver Spring Networks and many more.