Toshiba LED Lighting Collaborates with Stratford on Smart Community Initiative
Toshiba International Corporation, (June 14, 2012) – 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
“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.
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