The TALQ Consortium, developers of the global standard interface for smart outdoor lighting networks, has released the formal beta version of the entire TALQ Test Suite for its members. With this test tool companies can start testing their smart lighting solutions for multi-vendor interoperability. The Test Suite will allow first products to be TALQ certified later this year – ensuring interoperability without the expense and delay of plug fests. Furthermore the tool enables the Consortium to work on extending the TALQ Standard to other smart city applications.
Cities and municipalities, when planning long-term investments like street lighting, always try to choose future-proof and interoperable solutions that will not constrain their future investment decisions. That is why, in 2012, the TALQ Consortium was founded to develop a global interface standard to connect and manage heterogeneous street lighting networks from many different hardware and software vendors. The TALQ Specification focuses on the so-called “application layer” of the interface protocol, allowing maximum freedom for outdoor lighting manufacturers to develop optimized solutions within an interoperable framework. The TALQ Interface is built on standard internet protocols and security standards, such as XML/HTTP and Transport Layer Security, and is independent of connectivity technology.