State-wide initiative to reduce traffic accidents through clean tech Smart
TORONTO, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –
Clear Blue Technologies
International Inc. (“Clear Blue”) (TSXV: CBLU), the Smart Off-Grid™ company, has
completed four additional phases to bring the total to 7 phases of regional
installations of its Illumient cleantech Smart Off-Grid lighting at rural
intersections in North Dakota for the Department of Transport (DOT). As part of
an initiative to reduce traffic accidents in the state, Clear Blue expects to
have all lighting systems up and running by the end of 2020, illuminating over
100 rural intersections.
In 2018, North Dakota’s DOT issued the Vision Zero Plan, focused on
reducing motor vehicle crash fatalities on state and local roadways by 2025. A
vital component in reducing traffic accidents was bringing lighting solutions
to rural intersections across the state, however, these rural intersections
were too far from some districts' electrical grid infrastructure.
“Traffic accidents on dark rural roads and highways are a hazard for
many, but local governments and townships struggle to find the funding to
install expensive grid-connected lighting,” said Miriam Tuerk, CEO, Clear Blue.
“Our off-grid lighting gets rid of the fixed wires, which more than halves
installation costs. But the biggest advantage is that it connects these
off-grid lights to cloud management software, so you can manage the power
remotely. It makes a huge difference to a township’s costs if you don’t have to
send an engineer out to check a broken light in a remote area but can test and
even fix it from your cellphone.”
In implementing its Vision Zero
Plan, North Dakota DOT instituted policies to govern how districts can light
areas that fall within the criteria, requiring a reliable, cost-effective and
innovative off-grid solution. The State and its counties also needed a comprehensive
supplier that could handle a large-scale roll-out of technology implementation.
Clear Blue Technologies’ Smart
Off-Grid Illumient lighting solution was employed to provide the Smart Off-Grid
solar power for these rural lights. Its
cloud management system ensured the brightest light and remote power monitoring
and management, so the townships and districts could monitor and manage the
power effectively through Clear Blue’s Illumience digital platform. The Illumient
lighting systems were installed on existing wooden poles, and included Clear
Blue’s Smart Off-Grid Power Pack, which consists of a solar panel, smart
controller and battery with built-in wireless communications.
Added Tuerk: “Our Illumient
off-grid lighting solution was easy to install and manage, so counties could
quickly get systems up and running regardless of whether their teams had any
previous experience with Smart Off-Grid or not. These systems will greatly
reduce the risk of traffic accidents at rural intersections, especially at
night or in adverse weather conditions.”
The total sale value for this
multi-phase project was approximately $650,000 CAD and it generates
approximately $100,000 per year of recurring revenue as part of Clear Blue’s
Energy as a Service offering.
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