The Talq Consortium, which developed the Smart City Protocol, a global interface standard for smart city device networks, has announced it is available on GitHub.
According to the consortium, it decided to share the specification to help cities better understand why they should include it as a request in public tenders across a range of smart city applications.
In a statement, Talq said after nine years developing a modern, functional and flexible software protocol to enable interoperability of smart street lighting systems and other smart city applications from multiple vendors, the consortium is “pleased to share with the smart city community” the detail of its OpenAPI specification in the public domain.
“Personally, I believe that this is a very exciting time for the consortium as membership continues to grow, new Talq certifications are confirmed nearly every month and Talq branches further out into smart cities,” said Rui Peixe, chairman of Talq’s technical workgroup.
“We are confident that greater exposure of the standard will drive yet more progress in the industry.”
Making the specification public allows manufacturers of central management software (CMS) and outdoor device networks (ODNs, so-called ‘gateways’) to consider integrating the protocol into their own systems and to become interoperable with the solutions of other vendors.
The benefit to the smart city community is that there will be even more awareness of the specification – both vendors and cities – allowing them to profit from decades of smart outdoor lighting and smart city experience and prepare future-proof solutions, while at the same time opening the specification up to public scrutiny, Talq claims.
The OpenAPI definition provides developers with access to an extensive set of tools, the consortium reports. Documentation generation tools can be used to display the API, and code generation tools can create servers and clients in various programming languages. A range of testing and other tools is also available, all of which aims to reduce the development effort for system manufacturers.
Compliance with the specification will remain restricted to member companies, which will retain access to the test suite with which they can test their systems internally until they are ready for official certification, Talq added.
Certification of Talq-compliant systems and the inclusion of a product in the official list of certified products is reserved for members only. Regular members can certify as many products as often as they wish without additional charge; associate members pay a small fee per certification of each product. Members can request certification by passing a complete set of test cases with the test tool and sending the results to the certification work group.