LED Roadway Lighting has won a contract to test 200 LED street lights equipped with automatic global positioning system (GPS) switches, in Canada.

The $500,000 contract has been awarded by the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) and includes lights that contain GPS chips, which will help determine their exact location along with recognising sunrise and sunset times used to switch the lights off and on automatically.

The new application is estimated to save 60% energy and will be more reliable than photoelectric cell-triggered lights, which are degradable and lack accuracy.

CICP received the deal through the Canadian public works ministry, which is expected to adopt the new technology along with other federal departments.

LED Roadway Lighting is a Canadian-based LED equipment manufacturer.