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Of a Management Software Interface

Once the TALQ Steering Committee has approved a Requirements document the Technical Working Group starts to discuss what solutions are available to satisfy the requirements. Various ideas are proposed, and experts from TALQ member companies discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each one. This typically takes a number of face to face and teleconferencing meetings, as they will want to discuss the proposed solutions with colleagues in their companies as well. The ultimate goal is to reach consensus on the final specification, which often is a combination of concepts from various participants. This approach leads to wide support for the specification in the industry, as it is the result of a thorough review process by industry experts.

On the TALQ Specification

How can I get access to the TALQ Specification?

The TALQ Specification is available to members of the TALQ Consortium, both Regular as well as Associate Members.

What is the exact definition of the TALQ interface?

The TALQ interface is an open software (application layer) protocol. It can be implemented in different devices that are used in the systems.  The TALQ interface makes sure that different devices understand each other, since they talk the same “language”.

What is the scope of the specification?

The TALQ specification specifies an application language and protocol for operation and management of Outdoor Device Networks (ODN). This has been identified and confirmed by customers and key players in the lighting and smart city industries as one of the needs to be addressed to increase the market of ODN solutions

What is the definition of an Outdoor Device Network (ODN)?          

A communication network of outdoor devices such as Light Points controllers, gateways, actuators, sensors, for the purpose of delivering smart city applications and saving energy in operationg & maintaining street lights. 

What is the definition of a Central Management Software (CMS)?

A device (whether hardware, software or combination thereof) which communicates with the ODNs to remotely configure and operate the ODN’s components. 

What do you consider to be a Central Management Software?

Think of a Central Management Software as an application server providing a web-services interface or a PC-based GUI able to manage the ODN infrastructure, as well as the devices and applications.

Why is TALQ restricted to being an Application specification?

A major obstacle for the development of the ODN market is the lack of a single protocol to manage various outdoor device networks. Because of this, customers such as municipalities, have hesitated to invest in new technologies. A standard management interface protocol, therefore, support various kinds of network technologies - be they wired or wireless - to provide customers with as wide a selection of vendors as possible, and thereby overcome the fear of lock-in.

Which requirements does the specification satisfy?

TALQ Specifications have to satisfy requirements defined in TALQ Specification Requirements documents that capture the minimum requirements of customers, such as municipalities. It includes features of lighting control (such as dimming control) as well as other smart city applications (such as smart parking and waste management), feedback (such as reporting of device status) and configuration (in order to set-up the system).

Will the specification be submitted to a formal Standardization Consortium?

We believe a submission of the specification to a formal Standardization organization will aid the adoption of the specification as a standard, as municipalities will be more inclined to require equipment to be compliant with a specification endorsed by a formal standardization organization.