Draft:TALQ Smart City Protocol
|Motto||The TALQ Consortium provides a globally accepted standard protocol for smart city IoT solution.|
|Formation||May 15, 2012|
|Purpose||The TALQ Consortium defines a globally accepted standard software protocol for smart city applications. This standard enables interoperability between different vendors.|
|over 40 member organizations|
The TALQ Consortium (TALQ) is a non-profit organization whose stated mission is to define a globally accepted standard software protocol for smart city applications. This standard enables interoperability between different vendors for central management software to configure, control, command and monitor heterogeneous smart city device networks. The Consortium provides a certification program for solutions involved in the smart cities applications.
Although TALQ is just a name, not an abbreviation or acronym, it obviously relates to the goal of the consortium: making outdoor device networks (ODN) from various suppliers interoperate and talk to a single central management software (CMS) through an agreed application protocol.
The consortium is part of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) member program.
Currently, there are more than 40 member companies.
The TALQ Consortium began in June 2012 as an industry group whose stated mission was to drive standardization of a management software interface for managing outdoor lighting networks. Named TALQ, the founders/participants were Harvard Engineering, Kingsun, Philips, Schréder, Streetlight.Vision and Thorn/Zumtobel.
In August 2013 the TALQ Consortium announced the completion of the TALQ Specification. The specification defined the application layer protocol between a Central Management System and Outdoor Lighting Networks.
To assure the highest level of security and error-free interoperability a rigorous test procedure and test tool were also developed.The TALQ Test Tool itself and several products of members were put to the test in Valencia, Spain, during the first week of December 2015.
TALQ became an associated partner of the Covenant of Mayors in 2016.
In November 2017 the TALQ Consortium formally updated its consortium scope to address smart city applications beyond smart outdoor lighting.
During the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC 2017)  the first certified TALQ compliant interoperable products were confirmed.
In June 2018 the TALQ Consortium finished its upgrade to Version 2.0. The new version is based on an easy to integrate protocol with RESTful APIs and a JSON data schema.
- Covenant of Mayors, is a European co-operation movement involving local and regional authorities.
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