In a statement the companies said the outdoor lighting market is increasingly moving towards ‘intelligent’ networks which have the potential to cut energy and costs and make cities better places to live. Such systems also allow remote monitoring, better asset management and easy measurement of energy consumption.
But a lack of standards and a wide variety of proprietary systems ‘makes it difficult to integrate, operate and maintain management systems and is prohibiting the growth of outdoor lighting networks’, they said.
The consortium aims to come up with a well-defined software protocol specification for the interface between central management systems and outdoor lighting networks, with plans to have a draft spec ready by the end of the year.
The organisation will govern the new standard by handling promotion, certification and compliance. This will allow outdoor lighting systems to become interoperable through a single user interface, which it is hoped will encourage competition.
The software protocol specification will be independent of any particular communications technology, so that it can work with a range of present and potential future technologies.