The TALQ Consortium has released the latest version of its global OpenAPI standard, Smart City Protocol version 2.4.0, free of charge on GitHub for public review and implementation.
Last summer, the TALQ Consortium first made its interface protocol available on the open-source GitHub software platform to encourage city planners and other involved municipal authorities to seek interoperable systems that can streamline smart city implementation and operations. The organization has aimed to increase awareness and uptake of TALQ-certified products and applications through a continuously evolving application-programming interface (API) that does not lock municipalities into central management software (CMS) or networking hardware that relies upon single-vendor proprietary technology. Such solutions may end up obsolete or unsupported, or they may not communicate properly to other luminaires, sensors, and controls hardware over the network.
Version 2.4.0 of the TALQ protocol adds smart traffic and smart parking management profiles to the software developer toolset, as well as environmental monitoring functions for noise, atmospheric values, wind, precipitation, and more. The traffic and parking profiles enable integration of cameras and sensors into the network for monitoring traffic density and parking availability.
Since its founding in 2012, the TALQ Consortium has increased its membership to approximately 50 participating industry companies, including Itron, Signify, Tvilight, Zumtobel Group, Schréder, and Dhyan Networks and Technologies, among others. The standard defines CMS and network gateways to allow interoperability of products from various providers. Industry vendors must join the consortium in order to have their products tested and certified to the TALQ standard. At present, more than 35 member products have achieved TALQ certification. The specification continues to add more capabilities to what was once a lighting-centric standard and now offers an open path to smart city integration and management of multiple municipal applications beyond connected outdoor lighting.
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CARRIE MEADOWS is managing editor of LEDs Magazine, with 20 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing across technology markets including solid-state technology manufacturing, fiberoptic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, and LEDs and lighting.
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