Hubbell Building Automation joins TALQ Consortium
By Alyssa Dalton
August 24, 2012 – Hubbell Building Automation, a division of Hubbell Lighting, says it has been named the first North American regular member of the TALQ Consortium.
TALQ is a global consortium initiated by companies from the international lighting community who aim to “create a globally accepted standard for a management software interface for outdoor lighting networks”. The founding companies of the consortium are Harvard Engineering, Kingsun, Philips, Schreder, Streetlight.Vision, and Thorn/Zumtobel.
“At the present time the outdoor lighting market is defined by a diversity of proprietary systems and interfaces. Such a lack of standards makes it difficult to integrate, operate, and maintain management systems and is prohibiting the growth of outdoor lighting networks,” said Hubbell. “By bringing together global lighting industry leaders, the TALQ Consortium, through the development and strict management of promotional, certification, and compliance programs, is committed to delivering and governing a well-defined software protocol specification for the interface between central management systems and outdoor lighting networks.”
“The mission of the TALQ Consortium is aligned with Hubbell Lighting’s and HBA’s strategy to provide advanced energy efficient outdoor lighting systems for the North American market,” said Thomas Braz, VP and general manager, Hubbell Building Automation. “We are proud to be the first North American regular member of TALQ and look forward to working closely with the Consortium to insure the requirements of the North American market are represented. The development of a standard such as this will result in maximum energy savings for all property owners with outdoor lighting applications.”
Founded June 2012, the TALQ Consortium expects to prepare a draft specification by the end of 2012.
“I’m delighted to welcome Hubbell Building Automation as our first additional member less than two months after the formation of the TALQ Consortium,” said Gerard Lokhoff, the consortium’s secretary general. “This is a clear indication that the objective of the consortium is recognized around the world as an important catalyst enabling the growth of the outdoor lighting networks market.”