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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 Lighting Networks (OLN). This has been identified and confirmed by customers and key players in the lighting industry as one of the needs to be addressed to increase the market of OLN solutions

What is the definition of an Outdoor Lighting Network (OLN)?          

A communication network of outdoor devices such as Light Points controllers, Gateways, Segment Controllers, Sensors, for purpose of saving energy and maintenance optimization. 

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

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

What do you consider a Central Management System?

Think of a Central Management System as an application server providing web or PC based user interface able to manage the lighting infrastructure (e.g. assets, schedules, manual overrides, alarm triggers), and monitor the operating conditions (e.g. burning hours, voltages, failures) and performance reports (maintenance, energy consumption).

Why is TALQ restricted to an application specification?

A major obstacle for the outdoor lighting network market to take off is the lack of a single protocol to manage various outdoor lighting networks. Because of this, customers such as municipalities, hesitate to invest in new technologies. A standard management interface protocol needs to support various kinds of network technologies, be it wired or wireless, to provide customers with as wide a selection of vendors as possible to overcome the fear of being locked-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. The specification has to overcome the current fear of being locked-in to one supplier. It includes features of lamp operation (such as dimming control), feedback (such as reporting of lamp 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.