Every day we are submerged by articles about smart city initiatives and how they will revolutionise our urban environment. Yet, Smart City is just a buzz word - there are numerous definitions used by different stake holders depending on what they are trying to sell.
Schréder defines a “smart city” as a movement that aims to make cities more efficient, more resilient and more citizen-friendly and in doing so, achieve sustainable development through digitalisation. It requires the optimisation of resources through data, intelligence and connected bottom-up (street level) solutions.
One of the fundamental values that we advocate and defend at Schréder is the development and propagation of open and interoperable solutions.
We believe that to develop truly smart cities, we must enable vendor agnostic solutions that connect city devices to networks; contributing to the growth of a truly open technological eco-system. Today, we see that many of the solutions on the market have a closed architecture and therefore lock cities into single vendor platforms.
We encourage our customers to be aware of the lock-in effects from closed systems and the impact it may have in the long term on the urban environment. At this stage of smart city deployment, it is essential to make a distinction between industry standards, which differ from norms and certifications.
Interoperability and the interconnection of different devices in a city can be done by establishing open protocols. This is essential to ensure the development of real smart urban environments. More and more cities today require multiple smart city vertical applications to be controlled by an unique Central Management System (CMS). That is why we are delighted to announce that Schréder’s smart lighting control solution Owlet IoT is now TALQ2 certified.
The TALQ 2 certification ensures that smart lighting solutions respect the TALQ Smart City Protocol. The TALQ Consortium has developed a global standard protocol to enable Central Management Software to configure, control, command and monitor multiple Outdoor Device Networks from various suppliers through an easy-to-integrate RESTful/JSON protocol. It is the standardization of a Smart City API.
TALQ has proved to be established as the global protocol standard for the smart city market. This makes us proud.
Schréder’s Owlet IoT platform is one of the first remote-control systems for monitoring, metering and managing lighting networks that successfully conforms with the TALQ 2 standard.
This means that Owlet IoT is now fully interoperable with all other TALQ 2 compliant CMS systems without the need for additional development.
This enables our customers to take a long-term approach to smart city investments and demonstrates our commitment to accompanying cities in the deployment of smart, but especially open solutions.
About the TALQ Consortium
Founded in 2012, the TALQ Consortium is establishing 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.