What We Do

Carmanah helps improve safety with compliant traffic systems for the transportation industry. We design and manufacture the highest quality solar- and AC-powered traffic beacons and signs across North America for this purpose. Our products include rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs), school zone beacons, radar speed signs, 24-hour warning flashers, and LED enhanced signs. We have built a global reputation for delivering innovative, cost-effective, and long-lasting solutions that offer cost savings and ensure environmental sensitivity.

Established in 1996, Carmanah is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

“Carmanah has the best equipment we have used so far. They deserve a lot of credit for making the RRFB enhanced crosswalk available across the USA.”

– Bill Baranowski, PE, City Traffic Engineer, West Jordan, UT

Solutions for Crosswalks and School Zones

Rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) can improve driver yield rates by up to 96%, and reduce crashes involving pedestrians by up to 47%.

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School zone flashing beacons help reduce average driver speeds in school zones by 5-7 mph.

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Radar speed signs help drivers self-correct and can reduce their speeds by around 5-9 mph in school zones.

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Traffic Calming and Radar Speed Signs

Radar speed signs calm traffic in school zones, residential areas, arterial roads, and more, and can reduce motorist crashes by 46%.

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Advisory speed signs advise drivers if they are traveling too fast when they approach dangerous curves, exit ramps, crossings, or other potential road hazards.

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Warning Flashers, Beacons, and Signs

24-hour flashing beacons improve sign compliance and alert drivers at intersections, blind corners, and other problematic locations.

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LED-enhanced flashing signs help draw attention to school zones, highlight yield requirements at crosswalks, and reduce stop sign blow-throughs.

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Wrong-way driver alert systems help increase motorist safety by alerting wrong-way drivers and can reduce wrong-way driving events by 38%.

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What’s a Carmanah?

Image of a solar powered light encased in plastic by Carmanah Technologies.
M501 Marine Lantern: One of Carmanah’s early solar-powered lights, developed in 1998.

Not sure how to say it? It’s pronounced “car-MAN-ah” and it means “thus far upstream” in the Ditidaht First Nation language, an apt name for a company that goes upstream straight to the source of all life on earth—the sun—for its power.

We got our start in 1996, when Carmanah Technologies Corp. was incorporated with a mission to supply the world with solar-powered LED marine lighting for navigation and hazard marking. Led by founder Dr. David Green, Carmanah excelled in research and development, proving repeatedly that with available technology, it could develop lighting products that defied conventional thinking.

Fast forward to today, and you will find that this innovative culture is what has driven Carmanah to be a globally recognized company with strong industry brands, innovative development, and a talented team that makes it all happen.

The Triple Bottom Line Strategy

Our triple bottom line commitment means doing business in a manner that supports people, planet, and profit. We are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and supporting the health, wellbeing, and education of our employees and the people in the communities we interact with and serve. We believe that these activities will benefit both the environment and society while simultaneously enhancing our corporate profitability and value. In 2015, Carmanah began publishing an annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, in which we proudly set goals and report on our corporate triple bottom line activities.

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