Carmanah Technologies Inc. has completed Phase 1 of a project to develop a national standard for LED warning signals at railway crossings all throughout Canada.

This phase completes a review of the standards in use in other jurisdictions, compares the strengths and weaknesses of LED and incandescent technologies, and reviews the scientific and technical findings that lead to a recommended specification.

In 2000, there were 458 fatalities involving railway crossing accidents in North America, including 33 fatalities and 33 serious injuries in Canada. Railway crossing accidents account for the largest percentage of all rail-related fatalities.

In September, Carmanah hosted 12 representatives of Transport Canada, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National. The objective was to review the company’s laboratory tests and to participate in a field test of five types of LED-based light assemblies which may be used as part of the new national standard.

In February, Carmanah was awarded a $112,000 contract by Transport Canada to develop the new national standard for warning signals at road/railway grade crossings. A final recommendation for the national standard will be presented to Transport Canada in early 2002.