Toshiba collaborates with Stratford, Ontario to replace street lights with LED fixtures in support of smart community initiative
Toshiba International Corporation – Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) announced its collaboration with the City of Stratford, Ontario, to initiate a pilot project to evaluate replacing existing streetlights (potentially as many as 4,000 units) with energy-efficient Toshiba LED fixtures and assist with the City’s smart community initiatives.
This public-private collaboration helped earn Stratford the title of “Top Seven Intelligent Community for 2012” by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) a New York-based think tank dedicated to studying the use of information and communications technology to create the community of the 21st Century. Stratford shares the kudos with communities having populations and economies many times its size: Austin, Texas; Oulu, Finland; Quebec City, Quebec; Riverside, California; Saint John, New Brunswick and Taichung City, Taiwan. All seven communities were feted last week at ICF’s annual “Building The Broadband Economy” summit conference in New York City. The goal of the awards program is to increase awareness of the role that broadband communications and information access technologies play in shaping the economic and social development of communities worldwide.
“We celebrate this win with Mayor Dan Mathieson and other community and business leaders of Stratford and applaud them for having the vision and courage to take on innovative endeavors such as this. We look forward to the solutions we create together that can serve as a model for other communities throughout North America,” said Ken Honeycutt, Senior Vice President at Toshiba International Corporation and the Chief Venture Executive for Toshiba LED Lighting Systems Division.
The pilot project also involves TIC working with the City to test communications-enabled fixtures that tie into the City’s Smart Grid network. TIC recognized the benefits of piloting this technology in the small, but highly innovative, city after visiting Stratford and meeting with the Mayor and other community and business leaders.
“Our relationship with the City of Stratford is a step forward in realizing our vision, as we work together to develop integrated solutions that save energy, reduce carbon, lower costs and realize the greatest flexibility in lighting systems for municipalities and DOTs across North America,” added Honeycutt.
Toshiba’s LED roadway and area lighting fixtures are a direct replacement for conventional high intensity discharge (HID) lighting, such as high-pressure sodium or metal halide, which requires frequent maintenance and high-energy consumption. In contrast, Toshiba’s LED fixtures have a rated life of 60,000 hours or 12 to 14 years – six times as long as metal-halide and twice as long as high-pressure sodium products. As a result, LED lighting provides one of the lowest life cycle costs of any lighting technology. As a result of installing the innovative fixtures, Stratford stands to save up to 30% in energy consumption for street lighting, as compared to their currently installed conventional HID luminaires.
With a 120-year lighting heritage in Japan, Toshiba Corporation is one of the largest lighting companies and LED lamp manufacturers in the world and is focused on developing innovative lighting solutions that capitalize on the possibilities that LED technology provides.
About Toshiba International Corporation
Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. (TAI) Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. TIC is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and employs approximately 1,100 people. TIC provides application solutions to a wide range of industries including lighting systems, industrial, power systems and transmission and distribution systems. For more information about TIC, please visit www.toshiba.com/ind.
About Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division
Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division provides the North American market with a variety of high‐efficiency LED products. Drawing upon Toshiba’s 120‐year heritage of lighting innovations in Japan and world‐class electronic and semi-conductor technologies, the LED Lighting Systems Division is emerging as a leader in solid state lighting. The LED Lighting Systems Division is committed to providing lighting solutions that enhance the quality of life and meet the diverse needs of its customers. Further information is also available online at www.toshiba.com/lighting.
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. Whether in industrial or developing nations, communities are challenged to create prosperity, stability and cultural meaning in a world where jobs, investment and progress increasingly depend on broadband communications. Connectivity is a double-edge sword: threatening established ways of life on the one hand, and offering powerful new tools to build prosperous, inclusive economies on the other. The Intelligent Community Forum seeks to share the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities in adapting to the demands of the Broadband Economy by conducting research, hosting events, publishing newsletters and producing an international awards program. www.intelligentcommunity.org
About the City of Stratford
Stratford, Ontario is a city of 32,000 in southwestern Ontario, famous for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and emerging as a technology centre specializing in digital media. The City owns a 70-km network of optical fibre weaving throughout the city with an integrated 802.11n wireless mesh network spanning the entire city. The city was twice designated one of the world’s Top Seven Intelligent Communities, for 2011 and 2012, by the New York-based broadband think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum. www.locatestratford.ca
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