Solar Signs Outside Schools

Monday, December 30, 2002

Carmanah Wagger
School children will be safer outside schools thanks to new solarpowered warning signs.

More than 60 school sites around Bristol will be equipped with the new warning Dual Flash IQ solar-powered flashers after the council invested in new Canadian technology.

Bristol City Council has spent £101,000 on 150 units by British Columbia-based firm Carmanah Technologies Corp three months ago.

They are expected to be installed in the new year. Carmanah chiefs believe the technology will make children crossings more visible and save lives.

The firm's CEO, Art Aylesworth added: "After perfecting the LED, solar panel, battery and power management of its lights to meet the tough standards of the marine navigation market, Carmanah has a product that is smaller, brighter, tougher, and more efficient than anything else on the market.

"It has a patented technology that could be applied anywhere.

"Our lights provide huge cost savings over existing lights and provide lighting where it was previously impossible for railways, roads and school crossings.

"Our technology could save lives."