The formation of a new global consortium made up from lighting industry players, with the aim of creating a globally accepted standard for a management software interface for outdoor lighting networks, has been announced. Named TALQ, the founders/participants are Harvard Engineering, Kingsun, Philips, Schréder, Streetlight.Vision, and Thorn/Zumtobel.

Driven by trends such as the increasing prevalence of LED luminaires, more efficient city operations management, growing social and legislative pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and an increasing move towards city beautification, the outdoor lighting market is shifting from traditional to intelligent lighting networks. Among other functions, these new networks offer remote monitoring, smart asset management, smart dimming and scene setting, and intelligent measurement of energy consumption.

At present, the market is characterized by a diversity of proprietary systems and interfaces. The lack of standards makes it difficult to integrate, operate, and maintain management systems, which is prohibiting the growth of outdoor lighting networks. The TALQ consortium aims to promote the application of outdoor lighting network systems by delivering and governing a well-defined software protocol specification for the interface between central management systems and outdoor lighting networks and by managing a promotion, certification and compliance program. This will enable a single user interface for customers to manage their outdoor lighting infrastructure, enable second-source supply of interoperable systems, and stimulate market growth by fostering competition. The software protocol specification will be independent from the various physical communication technologies in existence today (e.g. wireless, power line, etc.) and will be able to accommodate future standard enhancements.

The TALQ consortium plans to have a draft specification prepared by the end of 2012. For more information, contact info@talq-consortium.org.