Carmanah Announces New Version of Its i-STOP™ Solar-Powered LED Bus Stop

Friday, June 10, 2005

Carmanah Technologies Inc. of Victoria, British Columbia, has announced the product launch of the second generation of its i-STOP™ solar-powered LED-illuminated transit stop. The original i-STOP™ - in use by more than 80 transit agencies and winner of the 2004 Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Award is redesigned for 2005 with the following new features for enhanced performance and accessibility:

  • Brighter illumination with new, higher-intensity LEDs (light-emitting diodes);
  • Braille and improved tactile lettering for the visually impaired;
  • Large-diameter, LED-illuminated, stainless steel activation buttons;
  • Accessible design with full ADA compliance.

The new i-STOP™ offers the same safety, security and convenience features as the original:

  • i-SIGNAL™ bus signaling beacon with one-mile visibility;
  • Security downlighting;
  • LED edge-lit illuminated schedule.

According to Carmanah, its solar-poweredtechnology is a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective improvement to transit infrastructure than traditional lighting. Self-contained solar power eliminates expensive installation, digging, cable hookup and ongoing electrical costs. LEDs with a lifespan of 100,000 hours harnessed to Carmanah's Automatic Light Control and proprietary MICROSOURCE® power management provide maintenance-free operation for at least five years in virtually any climate.

Information about i-STOP™ and i-SHELTER™ solar lighting solutions for transit may be found at For further information, please contact David Davies, tel. (250) 382-4332, e-mail: