Carmanah Technologies Corporation has released the i-STOP, North America’s first solar-powered, LED-illuminated transit stop for the mass transit industry.Victoria, British Columbia – September 20, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The i-STOP incorporates a flashing beacon to notify an oncoming bus that a stop is requested, a security down-light so waiting bus passengers don’t have to stand in darkness and an on-demand illuminated schedule allowing timetable readability from dusk till dawn. i-STOP is completely modular, enabling transit authorities to select the features that meet their current requirements and budget, with the ability to upgrade at any point in the future. With no digging, wiring, or electrical connections required, the i-STOP installs on all conventional transit stop signposts in minutes. It is maintenance-free for up to five years with zero operating costs and uses a Renewable Energy solar-powered battery system that will charge even on overcast or foggy days. The i-STOP uses high-intensity LEDs (light emitting diodes) for all of its lighting features. The i-STOP is a rugged, vandal-resistant, self-contained unit built to ISO 9001 standards. The retail price of each i-STOP system is between US$700 and US$1100, depending on configuration.