The TALQ Consortium, Piscataway, N.J., hosted a “plug fest” to verify and demonstrate interoperability of smart city sensors and controllers from multiple vendors with central management software (CMS) based on the group’s standards.
Thirteen TALQ member companies from six countries attended a two-day developers’ workshop and plug fest event earlier this month in Valencia, Spain, to test implementations of TALQ version 2.0 against each other. Each of the tested CMS could successfully control each smart city network and gateway, demonstrating that interoperability looks set to become the standard in smart city projects. The session also provided a new opportunity for the TALQ members to test the TALQ test tool, clarify some complex use cases and fix minor issues.
The official TALQ version 2.0 certification program is expected to be ready by March 2019 to allow cities to include TALQ certification as a requirement in their projects. Cities require interoperability between smart city products from various vendors to avoid being locked in by proprietary systems, the organization said in a press release. Cities may also need several smart city vertical apps to be controlled within a single central management software. That’s why the TALQ Consortium developed the Smart City Protocol to unify systems from multiple suppliers addressing a range of smart city use cases.