The sunny side of the street

You might notice some odd flashing lights the next time you're standing at the bus stop. Carmanah Technologies Corp. has introduced a solar-powered, LED-illuminated bus stop to the multibillion-dollar worldwide transit market. i-STOPTM, the Victoria, B.C.-based firm's illuminated transit stop system, offers a flashing beacon to notify an oncoming bus that a stop is requested, security lighting so waiting passengers don't have to stand in darkness, and an illuminated schedule case enabling the reading of nighttime timetables. i-STOPTM uses solar power as an alternative energy source to operate autonomously for up to five years, at which point only the battery pack is replaced. Carmanah has more than 45,000 units of its lighting products installed by the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, as well as military, commercial, and private organizations around the world.