The Smart City Protocol helps cities protect against single vendor lock-in
Developer of the Smart City Protocol, the Talq Consortium reports it has passed a new milestone with more than 50 member companies having signed up in support of its specification.
The main reason for companies to join the consortium is to integrate the protocol, a global interface standard for smart city device networks, into their smart city solutions and apply for certification.
Regular members of the consortium include major smart city players including Cimcon, Itron, Lacroix, Schréder and Telensa with Paradox Engineering and Signify among the associate members.
Vendors can choose between two different membership levels: regular or associate members. Both options grant access to and also allows them to influence the Talq specification. Wellness TechGroup, Novalume Solutions, ST Engineering, and RealTerm Energy are the latest companies to join its listing.
Amir Hirsch, business development, ST Engineering Telematics Wireless, said interoperability is critical for smart city technologies “to truly take off” and Talq enables that. “Having multiple field area networks which are able to speak the same language to a single control and management platform enables municipalities and other large agencies to adopt state-of-the-art solutions like our T-Light streetlight control solution, without having to worry about being tied down to a single provider.”
Kim Krahl Larsen, CEO, Novalume Solutions added: “With our international projects in different cities’ IT environments, integrating Talq was a natural step for our current and future smart city lighting projects.
“Talq is the globally accepted standard for smart city lighting networks and provides real time integration to solve the main challenges of building genuine smart cities including increasing safety and comfort for inhabitants, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions worldwide, raising cost efficiency for operators managing a smart city.”
“Talq is the globally accepted standard for smart city lighting networks and provides real time integration to solve the main challenges of building genuine smart cities”
The most recently launched specification of the Talq Consortium includes a waste management profile, which has been requested by many members, demonstrating the momentum behind smart waste.
Founded in 2012, the Talq Consortium seeks to establish a globally accepted standard for management software interfaces to control and monitor heterogeneous smart city applications. The Talq Smart City Protocol is a specification for information exchange, suitable for implementation in various products and systems.
This way interoperability between central management software (CMS) and outdoor device networks (ODN) from different vendors will be enabled, such that a single CMS can control different ODNs in different parts of a city or region.
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