New consortium to drive standardization of a management software interface for managing outdoor lighting networks

June 28, 2012

Global initiative – 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 today.  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, the drive for 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. Amongst other functionalities 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 and 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.
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For more information, please contact:

Jeannet Harpe
Philips Lighting, Corporate Communications
Tel: +31 6 53722221


About Harvard Engineering

Established in  1993, Harvard Engineering has grown to be a leading player in the Lighting Industry, widely recognised for supplying some of the most innovative and efficient products for commercial, retail, emergency and street-lighting applications.  Harvard’s range of energy efficient solutions includes the CoolLED range of high performance LED drivers and “LeafNut”, the company’s innovative wireless street lighting control solution, which is helping municipalities around the world save significant energy costs and cut carbon emissions. Extensive investment in UK based design, development and manufacture of new products and technologies  has ensured that Harvard remain at the forefront of the LED lighting market,  something proudly recognised in multiple recent awards,  including;  “2011- Winner of the Orange Innovation Award at the National Business Awards” and “2011 - Winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, within the Innovation category”. News from Harvard Engineering can be found at


About Kingsun Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.

Kingsun founded in 1993 in Dongguan, China is one of the leading manufacturers of LED outdoor and industrial lighting. Kingsun is holding more than 300 patents and processes over 200.000 m² manufacturing facility equipped with internationally certified test laboratory. More than 2000 employee including 300 technical engineers as well as the close collaboration with the leading universities ensure the high quality with permanent improvement to the state of the art. The company has successfully implemented hundreds of major job references around the world. For more information, please visit


About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at