The TALQ Consortium formally updated its consortium scope to address smart city applications beyond smart outdoor lighting. The new objective is to extend the consortium’s standardized software protocol for use between Central Management Systems and generic Outdoor Devices Networks to enable compatibility between systems from different verticals. As the TALQ Specification for Outdoor Lighting is complete – with the first certified TALQ-compliant products to be announced at the smart city expo 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, this month – the proven TALQ Framework represents what is being called the perfect backbone to foster interoperability between different applications, such as parking, e-mobility and waste management.
Smart city flagship projects across the world show that real ‘smart’ solutions are achievable through effective collaboration between different providers, bolstered largely by the adoption of international standards to enable interoperability and the acceleration of innovation. In the coming five years, smart outdoor lighting is expected, by most, to be the largest adopted solution in a smart city. The goal has always been – and continues to be – to support cities and municipalities on their way to becoming smart cities by protecting them from vendor-lock-in and, in turn, accelerating adoption of energy- and cost-saving systems.
First TALQ Certified Products
Several lighting manufacturers – delivering both software and hardware products – took part in the recent plug fest, and successfully passed the associated rigorous certification process. These represent the first certified TALQ-compliant outdoor lighting system components and will be published in November 2017. These certified products offer cities and municipalities more flexibility, a larger product choice, reduced investment risk, assurance of future-proofed technology decisions and greater operational savings.