IoT/Smart Lighting, Lighting Controls, Outdoor, Transport

Smart city group TALQ backs LuxLive 2020

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The City of Stockholm has become the latest organisation to join the TALQ ConsortiumCredit: Picture: Shutterstock

The TALQ Consortium has announced that it is backing the LuxLive 2020 exhibition in November.

It joins tech groups LonMark and Wi-SUN in choosing the event to promote their standard as a platform for connected outdoor lighting. 

Founded in 2012, the TALQ Consortium is establishing a globally accepted standard for management software interfaces to control and monitor lighting and other services in smart city applications. 

The TALQ Smart City Protocol allows Central Management Software to communicate with networks of luminaires and other devices from different manufacturers.

TALQ is an open industry consortium currently consisting of approximately 40 companies. 

Members and associate members include Zumtobel, Bega, Schreder, Lucy Zodion, Telensa and Itron.

Founded in 2012 by leading lighting industry players, the TALQ Consortium originally targeted to develop an international interface standard to control and monitor outdoor lighting networks. 

In 2016 TALQ opened up its scope to standardising the protocol to wider smart city solutions.

TALQ secretary general Simon Dunkley will give a presentation at LuxLive 2020 about the standard and its benefits in driving smart lighting. 

At LuxLive, TALQ will demonstrate its technology in a special TALQ Pavilion while secretary general Simon Dunkley will give a presentation about the standard and its benefits in driving smart lighting. 

Earlier this month the city of Stockholm joined the consortium. 

‘The City of Stockholm has been looking into a new control system for some years, but due to the lack of appropriate standards the work has been slow,’ said lighting engineer Björn Lindelöf of the City of Stockholm.

‘Now we can see the market maturing and standards grow stronger, one of which is TALQ. Therefore, we chose to have TALQ support as one of our requirements in procuring a central management software for a lighting pilot, and also join the consortium to get access to all relevant documentation and information.

‘As a city with a large installation we see that it’s crucial for the long-term maintenance to build a system that is modular and flexible. 

‘For us that means no vendor lock-ins and that the building blocks are independent from each other. 

‘As a minimum, the CMS and the lighting network should be independent from each other. Being a partner in TALQ, we hope to learn more about building these systems and also influence the development.’

The Partner Programme is open to parties with an interest in global smart outdoor device management standardisation and free of charge since beginning of 2020.

LuxLive 2020 is Europe’s biggest annual lighting event and takes place at London ExCeL on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 November. It features an extensive free programme of seminars, debates and presentations. For more information, click HERE.

For more information on TALQ, click HERE

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