Archive for Červen, 2012

Market Ready

Čtvrtek, Červen 28th, 2012

Our two children share a bedroom, and it looks cramped. What can we do to make the room appear larger?

It’s important to make your space feel as generous as possible before opening your home to potential buyers — particularly if your sleeping quarters, or those of your children, appear cramped and uncomfortable.

“When you’re selling your apartment, you’re selling someone else’s vision to them,” said Fanny Montalvo, a managing director at A. C. Lawrence & Company real estate in New York. If a room is already stuffed full of furniture and other belongings, “it doesn’t allow them the opportunity to imagine what they could do to it.”

And when you’re considering the design of a child’s room, remember that some buyers may have other intentions for the space. “You’re looking to attract every buyer, not just someone who has children,” Ms. Montalvo said. “When a couple or single person is looking to buy the space, they’re looking at that room as a den or guest room.”

One solution, she suggested, is installing a pair of Murphy beds: “When the beds are folded up, it really is a den.”

Murphy bed units also offer the opportunity to add built-in wardrobes, drawers and shelving, she noted, which would create more storage space for toys and clothing.

A set of bunk beds is another excellent option, said Cortney Novogratz, a New York designer with seven children who is a host of the HGTV show “Home by Novogratz” with her husband, Robert. “You can put it against a wall, and have two kids sleep there,” she said. “What kid doesn’t like bunk beds? They’re a great way to go.”

Most bunk beds will fit in rooms with ceiling heights as low as eight feet, she said (but maybe “put the younger child on top,” she added).

A work surface is also a good idea. “Kids always need an area to create, but it doesn’t have to be very big and it doesn’t have to be very deep,” she said. She recommended the Besta Burs desk from Ikea, which is less than 16 inches deep, but long enough to provide space for two children.

Pair the desk with stools, she said, “because they can easily be tucked underneath, which creates more floor space.” Similarly, she suggested removing any floor lamps from the room and using only desk lamps and ceiling-mounted light fixtures: “Any time you can create more room on the floor, it gives the kids not only space to wrestle and hang out, but also makes the room seem bigger.”

Using these strategies, she said, she and her husband were able to create a comfortable space for a client’s triplets in a small bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen.

But the most effective intervention, she noted, is probably the least expensive: clear out clutter.

“With children, we go to birthday parties and come back with all these goodie bags, and before you know it, you have so much stuff,” she said. “Donate toys and clothes, and give things away. Even if you just spend an afternoon making bags, you’ll be surprised how much stuff your kids have accumulated.”

Las Cruces solar farm will produce enough power for 2,000 homes

Úterý, Červen 26th, 2012

Sunflowers are known for their ability to track the sun across its east-west arc through the sky.

An array of solar panels west of Las Cruces will do the same.

City officials on Tuesday inaugurated a 12-megawatt solar-power generating plant just south of the Love’s truck stop on Interstate 10.

Dubbed the Las Cruces Centennial Solar Farm, the plant is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 2,000 homes a year, according to an estimate by El Paso Electric Co.

The 48,900 solar panels are grouped in bunches and mounted on about 2,200 mechanized stands, officials said. Like the sunflower, they follow the sun across the sky.

The ability to maximize power-generating capacity by tracking the sun is one of several reasons the plant is expected to be among the most productive solar plants run by the Maryland-based SunEdison and possibly one of the most productive in North America for its size, said Tim Derrick, vice president of global services for SunEdison North America.

Other factors favoring the plant include the abundance of sunny days, a relatively high elevation and plenty of wind; the latter two attributes will help keep the solar panels cooler than they’d otherwise be, Derrick said.

“This is a unique location,” he said. “The sun is our fuel, and you have very abundant fuel in Doca Ana County.”

SunEdison spearheaded construction of the $50 million capital project and will continue as its operator. It’s owned by PNC Bank, a national bank.

In addition, SunEdison has a 25-year contract with El Paso Electric Co., which has pledged to buy the plant’s electricity.

Electric company officials touted the project as one of a handful in Doca Ana County that are helping achieve a state standard, which requires electric companies to supply 20 percent of power through alternative energy sources by 2020.

“By 2020, it’s 20 percent of our New Mexico load” that has to come from alternative energy sources, said Rocky Miracle, senior vice president of corporate planning and development for El Paso Electric.

With the new solar plant, El Paso Electric Co. reaches the 3 percent mark, meaning about 37 megawatts is derived from renewable sources, Miracle said.

The new plant will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to El Paso Electric. It will offset emissions equivalent to about 4,400 vehicles a year.

In comparison, one of El Paso Electric Co.’s main plants, the Newman Power Station, which is mostly powered by natural gas, generates about 485 megawatts, Miracle said.

Against a backdrop of hundreds of solar panels, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and Davin Lopez, executive director of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, flipped an oversize light switch to ceremonially mark the plant’s start.

Derrick said the plant actually went online in mid-May. A second, “almost-identical” plant, also spearheaded by SunEdison, is about to go online in Chaparral, he said.

Between the two plants, about four or five permanent jobs will be generated, Derrick said.

The company plans to contract out for other services, such as washing the panels.

Lopez said it would take the establishment of more solar-power plants before a solar-panel manufacturer might decide to locate in the area.

Future’s So Bright in Optical Sector

Úterý, Červen 19th, 2012

After the aggressive purchase of three Chinese optical companies for an estimated 600 million yuan ($95.24 million) since it came to China at the end of 2005, US-based LensCrafters is launching a new concept store under the name of “LC+”.

The outlet will be the flagship store of the giant high-end retail chain owned by Luxottica Group S.p.A., the world’s largest eyewear company, whose most famous brands include Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley Inc. It also makes sunglasses and prescription frames for designer brands such as Chanel and Prada. Luxottica also produces sunglasses branded Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tiffany, Versace, Vogue, Miu Miu, Tory Burch and Donna Karan.

The company’s retail branch has 7,000 stores in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and the United Kingdom and it makes more than 400 million pairs of eyeglasses a year.

LensCrafters is leading a trend among eyewear companies hoping to cash in on the huge number of shortsighted people in China who are now demanding high-end spectacles, sunglasses and contact lenses.

“We have been mainly focused on changing the brands, changing the stores and changing the service to be more premium during the last couple of years,” said Frederic Seiller, Great China chief executive officer of Luxottica Retail, prior to the grand opening of the store in Shanghai in May.

With a prime location on Huaihai Road, one of the busiest shopping streets in Shanghai, and occupying a two-floor space featuring mirrors and bright fluorescent lights, the new store is designed to create an “approachable but premium” atmosphere that sits “between fast fashion stores and luxury brands”, according to Seiller.

Sunglasses, prescription as well as regular, will make a significant contribution to sales at the new store, if not all the company’s stores, said Seiller.

“When you walk in big cities here, of course on sunny days the proportion of people wearing sunglasses may be just one out of every 10 people, while in Milan or Paris it’s 60 to 70 percent or even higher. But you are seeing the younger generation starting to wear sunglasses so that’s where the potential is,” he said.

“Another indicator is that you see most of the fast fashion stores, or even small boutiques on the streets, here are selling sunglasses as accessories. But three or four years ago, they didn’t have them, which is also good for companies like us because they are helping ‘educate’ consumers about the necessity of sunglasses, be it as fashion accessories or eye protection,” he added.

Having seen a year-on-year increase in China of nearly 50 percent in the sun-protection eyewear sector, Seiller believes the potential of his 1,000 yuan-apiece sunglasses will continue to experience high growth because of the high number of shortsighted people and a growing interest in high fashion.

A report from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council found that 75 percent of Chinese people aged between 15 and 59 are in need of vision correction. Most of them have myopia.

“Whether you are wearing contacts or not, you will need sunglasses for eye protection,” said Seiller. He believes the potential for sales of sunglasses, which now account for 30 percent of the company business, is as large is as it is for contact lenses, if not larger.

Other newcomers are seeing themselves as educators in the market because many Chinese people are not used to wearing sunglasses.

Have color, will paint

Pondělí, Červen 18th, 2012

Like most professional painters, Tim Bosveld knows a dozen or so easy- to-learn tricks that an amateur can use to make the difference between a regrettable mess and what could pass for a pro job. But, despite years spent as a professional painter, Bosveld insists the most valuable tip he has to pass on is about how to pick the right color.

“Buy a small sample of the paint (under consideration) and apply it in the room and live with it for a while, really live with it. See how it works in the room,” says Bosveld, marketing vice president with Dunn-Edwards. He says there’s no way to predict the full impact of a paint color change just looking at color swatches in the store, or even holding them up to the wall in question.

“There are so many things that influence how a color works,” says Bosveld. “Lighting, whether it’s incandescent, fluorescent, natural or, now, even LED. Then there’s all the surrounding colors, furniture, window coverings, flooring. The only way you’re going to understand how all those factors” interact is to live with them a bit before painting. This is made easier by the paint dealer trend toward selling small sample-sized containers of paint.

No. 2 on Bosveld’s list would be to take your time on a thorough prep job: first repair any holes or dents, then slightly rough up the surface with light grade sandpaper (particularly if you’re covering a slick semi-gloss or gloss paint, as in bathrooms and kitchens), clean the surface and, if necessary, prime the entire area to ensure an even finish, Bosveld says.

Simply put, Bosveld says, “The quality of the paint job is a product of how well you prepare the surface.” And although amateurs too often resist the primer coat, Bosveld says priming is nearly always part of the prep process. He allows that a coat of primer may not be necessary if the wall or ceiling is unblemished, with no patches or rough spots, and already painted a color close to that of the new paint. But, that’s not often the case.

“Paint is a system,” says Bosveld, “and it’s primer and the paint coat.” It is particularly important if there are any imperfections such as patches. “Primer will get in there and seal patches.”

Tucson painting contractor Brandon Mallis didn’t hesitate a second when asked about the biggest mistake do-it-yourselfers make. “Cutting corners on preparation - not priming or sanding,” Mallis, owner of Affordable Quality Painting, says.

“If it’s a surface - drywall, wood, metal, any kind of bare surface - it has to be primed,” he says.

After thorough prep work, Mallis’ tips for DIYers start with a strong recommendation for buying quality brushes and roller covers that can be cleaned and reused, rather than buying cheap ones and throwing them out after one use. “Spend $15. It only takes a couple minutes to clean and you can use it 15 or 20 times.” Besides, he says, cheap roller covers produce an inconsistent surface and often shed fuzz in the paint.

Before you pop the top of a paint can, cover the floor with a tarp, remove electrical-outlet covers and tape the edges between the areas you will be painting a different color or sheen: the edge where the ceiling meets the walls, doorways and window frame, fixtures that can’t be removed for the painting, and finally the floor, or baseboard. A new 3M Scotch Safe-Release Painters Masking Tape, won’t leave adhesive behind when it’s removed.

From there, the principal is, start from the top - the ceiling, if you’re repainting the ceiling - and work your way down. Paint runs downhill, and so does the eye. Safe-release tapes, by the way, usually can stay on longer without tearing off an adjoining layer of fresh paint the way traditional masking tape did if it was left in place too long. That’s handy if you are applying a primer coat or have to do a second coat.

ETC Sensor3 in London’s National Theatre

Pátek, Červen 15th, 2012

ETC has begun supplying its latest style of power control product, Sensor3, which was specifically introduced to address the changing needs of venues.

Reaching the market at the same time as mainstream LED lighting fixtures, such as ETC’s Source Four LED, the ThruPower modules are designed to work with Sensor3 to provide a perfect power control solution for the growing variety of loads, allowing selection of constant, dim or relay modes.

London’s National Theatre has received and commissioned one of the first Sensor3 installations in the UK. Lighting resources manager Michael Atkinson comments, “We expect to see an increasing number of LED and automated fixtures in the rigs across the theatre in the next few years, and so it makes sense to prepare the venue for the future. This move from solid state relays to proper air gap relays will work much better with switch mode power supplies found on today’s fixtures.”

ETC market manager Erik Larsen adds, “Through White Light, ETC supplied two 48-module Sensor3 Power Control racks, with 168 ways of dimming via ETC’s new ThruPower modules. These feed lighting bars already populated with a range of luminaires: they include a mix of LED, tungsten and intelligent fixtures. This is ETC’s vision of the future: rather than one type of lighting being dominant, each works well both individually and in combination with others; and for circumstances like this, our new ThruPower modules mean that they can all be powered without any challenges.”

Mark White, ETC’s regional manager for the UK & Ireland says, “How appropriate that the National Theatre has chosen our state of the art Power Control system. The National has always been at the forefront in having cutting edge equipment, so ETC is proud to see them installing equipment fit for the next generation of energy efficient lighting sources.”

The equipment was supplied by White Light’s project manager Esther Heaslip, with the venue having already begun using them on The Last of the Haussmans by Stephen Beresford, which opened on 12 June.

ThruPower modules are a convenient, multi-configurable solution for modern theatres; venues which already have Sensor and Sensor+ dimming systems can simply upgrade to the latest CEM3 processor.

Sensor3’s integrated design means fewer parts for fewer failures, while plug-in modularity allows for more configurability, customisation and easy maintenance. The new processor unit adds a larger graphical display and a numeric keypad, making system setup and management simpler than ever.

Sensor3 Power Control is ideal for theatres, broadcast studios, concert and performance halls - be they newly designed or retrofits,” concludes product manager Jake Dunnum.

The Lyttelton is a traditional proscenium arch theatre with seating for 890 people on two levels: stalls and circle. It is the middle of three theatres, with the Olivier seating over 1,000 and Cottesloe seating around 300. As well as the three theatres, the National hosts talks, music and exhibitions, as well as outdoor performances during the summer months.

New LED Hybrid Laser

Čtvrtek, Červen 14th, 2012

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, expands its professional projector series with the new commercially oriented Pro8300, while previewing its LED hybrid laser technology in the Pro9000.

Pro9000 Professional AV LED Hybrid Laser Projector Being previewed for the first time at InfoComm, ViewSonic will be demonstrating its new hybrid laser and LED Full HD Pro9000 projector. With this breakthrough technology, the LED light and lasers combine to create a single light source, resulting in vibrant and rich display color that far exceeds that of a normal mercury light projector. In addition to being environmentally friendly, this mercury-free technology also delivers a longer operation life of 20,000+ hours. Paired with dual HDMI ports and its convenient lamp-free design, the Pro9000 is ideal for home cinema environments and Pro-AV installations. The Pro9000 is expected to be available in Q3 2012.

“Laser hybrid illumination technology has changed the way that projectors are able to manipulate light and images. This new model is lamp-free for an even lower total cost of ownership. As a result, users get a higher quality picture and ultra high contrast ratio, making projectors with this technology ideal for home entertainment, professional audio-video, corporate or education use,” said Roger Chien, product manager for ViewSonic.

Pro8300 Professional 1080p Commercial Grade Projector The ideal choice for business data projection, this Full HD 1080p commercial grade DLP(R) projector is packed with convenient features and options. The Pro8300 incorporates BrilliantColor(TM) Technology with a powerful Pixelworks(R) 10-bit image processor for vivid colors, while its 1920×1080 native resolution, 3,000 ANSI lumens and a 4,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio produce razor sharp images that shine in virtually any ambient light environment. Paired with a wide 1.5X optical zoom adjustment for more than 36% additional zooming capability and integrated speakers, the Pro8300 delivers stunning audio and visual experience.

For the ultimate in ease-of-use and convenience, the Pro8300 has a multitude of connectivity options including dual HDMI, dual VGA, and dual computer VGA inputs. As a result, multiple presenters can easily connect an assortment of multimedia devices to the projector simultaneously — from laptops and tablets to smartphones and more. Paired with auto keystone correction, a filter-less design, and energy-saving mode, the Pro8300 provides for zero maintenance, while delivering a lower TCO and longer product life.

The Pro8300 will be available this month in North and Latin America for an ESP of $869. The Pro8300 comes standard with a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty, in addition to a 1-year lamp warranty and Express Exchange(R) Service*.

“Full HD resolution has become somewhat of a standard feature across consumer home and cinema entertainment projectors; however, finding hi-def capabilities in a quality yet affordable projector offering for businesses is far less common,” continued Chien. “Our Pro8300 breaks tradition by bringing precise standalone 1080p projection to business owners and corporations at a price that’s within reach for any company.”

White Light

Středa, Červen 13th, 2012

At this week’s ABTT Theatre Show, newly relocated to the Old Truman Brewery at Brick Lane in London’s East End, entertainment lighting specialist White Light will be showing some of the very latest advances in lighting technology - some brand new, some already put to use on recent high-profile events.

The highest profile of these was the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, which featured the new i-Line battens from i-Pix. Building on the success of the renowned BB range, the i-Line 600 and i-Line 1200 RGBW battens are incredibly bright with beautifully smooth output, a true ‘next generation’ LED fixture.

The next generation of profile spotlights from Robert Juliat will also be on show following their debut at PLASA Focus in Leeds a few weeks ago. Tibo is a compact, lightweight dual zoom range profile with light source options including tungsten, warm white LED, neutral white LED and cool white LED all in a new compact, lightweight body. Zep is a high-output LED-only profile spot with a 150W white LED array available in two colour temperatures and with three different lenstubes.

A wide range of LED wash and flood fixtures will also be on show, including the RevEAL Studio Fresnel 3, the JB Lighting LED A12, and Leader Light’s Stage and Proline ranges, all offering energy-efficient, high-output colour mixing, while the Galaxia LED softlight provides variable colour temperature white light in a compact package that is proving hugely popular with television lighting directors.

For those working outdoors, the new IP65-rated Flood30 white light uplighter from Core Lighting will be on show along with the company’s established Point20 and Point30 battery powered, wirelessly controlled outdoor fixtures.

LED isn’t yet the right choice for every application, and White Light will have a wide range of other fixture types on show, including Coemar’s Infinity Spot and Infinity Wash moving lights, the Robert Juliat Buxie 575W MSD followspot, Rainbow colour scrollers on ETC Source Fours, and the ever-popular VSFX3 optical effect system shown with the Juliat 350LFX effects projector.

Those who still love tungsten will also enjoy the award-winning Gleamer nine-way low-voltage dimmer rack, perfect for controlling Aeros, Svobodas and similar fixtures. Other control products on show will include the MDR 10-way DMX splitter, LSC Lighting’s e24V3 touring dimmer rack and Clarity VX20 wing, Interactive Technologies’ family of advanced lighting playback devices, and the powerful Arkaos A30 media server.

Staff from White Light will be on hand throughout the show to discuss all of these products and the full range of services the company offers including lighting hire, sales, installation, service and training.

LED lamps to light up new Venduruthy bridge

Úterý, Červen 12th, 2012

The energy saving LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps will light up a street of Kochi by July.

The Kochi Corporation has selected the road stretch between Thevara junction and Thoppumpady bridge along the new Venduruthy bridge for the installation of the lamps. The Town Planning Standing Committee of the Kochi Corporation had forwarded a proposal to the Corporation Council in this regard.

The installation comes as part of an initiative from the State government. The government had earlier decided to allot 100 LED lamps each to all the corporations and municipalities in the State. It had also asked the civic bodies to identify the street and lamp posts for installation of the lights. The Energy Management Centre (EMC), Thiruvanthapuram, had prepared a project in this regard for the State government.

The EMC is in the process of completing the tender formalities for selecting the agency for the project.

The installation of the lamps is expected to begin in July. The selected agency will be given three months for completing the installation of lamps, said Johnson Daniel, Energy Technologist of the EMC. The State government had instructed to complete the project by September.

In the pilot phase, the civic bodies will get the lamps installed with a three-year guarantee clause. The company selected for the work would carry out all the jobs related to the project, including the installation, and the civic bodies can think of extending the guarantee of the lamps after the expiry of the three-year term, he said.

The Centre also has plans to supply Automatic Streetlight Controller along with the lamps to the civic bodies. The LED lamps would save up to 50 per cent energy and have long life. The lamps are expected to last up to one lakh hours.

The replacement of the existing lamps with LED lamps would save considerable amount for the civic bodies in terms of energy bill. The durable lamps will also save the authorities from frequent repairs.

The civic bodies are often finding it difficult to obtain spare parts and trained workforce for repairing the faulty ones. The LED lamps would be an answer to these issues, he said.

If satisfied, the corporations can think of extending the project to other parts of its divisions, he said.

As Stanley Cup Finals rage on, these fans produce the lights, cameras, action

Pondělí, Červen 11th, 2012

The pre-game atmosphere inside the Prudential Center during the New Jersey Devils’ do-or-die game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings tonight was electric, but in an enclosed bunker tucked in a corner of the arena, it was frenetic.

“Gotta work quickly, gotta work quickly,” John Bochiaro shouted across the cramped control room.

A sea of camera angles showed the Devils shuffling nervously just off the ice, ready to make an entrance. A walkie-talkie crackled. Camera 6 wasn’t working as the Devils began to move toward the ice.

“Kevin Clark, stand by to start your intros really early,” Bochiaro said into a headset, speaking to the Devils’ arena announcer. “Okay, go. Go!”

This is the controlled chaos of the Devils’ in-house production team, led by Bochiaro. During each Devils home game, every aspect of what fans in the arena see beyond the game itself is controlled by his team, from the scoreboard to chants to the music.

“We’re basically a production company,” Bochiaro said in an interview Friday. “We go through each game with a fine-toothed comb to see what worked and what didn’t, what fans responded to and what they didn’t. We’re trying to make this the best experience possible for the fans and the loudest atmosphere possible.”

Before each game, or each series, Bochiaro works with his partner Jason Pippi, to formulate a script tailored to the opponent ahead. But some of it doesn’t last long.

“During each game, it basically goes out the window,” he said. “We have to react to the situation the Devils are in. We’re on headsets with people throughout the arena, so we try different things to get the crowd back into it if the team’s losing. On the other side, if there’s a chant going, we don’t want to play music over that.”

During games, the group of about 15 staff members works seamlessly, identifying potential replays, celebrity sightings or former players in the stands.

Tonight, Bochiaro radioed to a cameraman in the arena to zero in on a luxury box and pan left.

Producers Jon Cofer and Heather Michels scanned the crowd.

“Wait, that’s Claude Lemieux, purple shirt,” Michels said referring to the former Devils’ player.

Within minutes, the group had a 30-second tribute to the former Devils great playing on the scoreboard before zooming the camera in on him. The crowd roared.

For Bochiaro and his staff, it’s not just a job.

A 37-year-old Rowan University graduate and Hamilton resident, Bochiaro has been watching the team since 1988. Around the room, producers scratched playoff beards as the game unfolded.

“It’s insane to think I’m doing this now,” he said. “We definitely cheer in the control room, but it’s brief.”

Just under 13 minutes into the first period, Devils’ captain Zach Parise scored. The control room roared. Then it was back to the job at hand.

DeLand to join other Volusia, Flagler cities with red-light cameras

Pátek, Červen 8th, 2012

Later this summer, a new set of eyes will be looking for motorists who speed through red lights in this city, the fourth in Volusia and Flagler counties to approve red-light cameras at major intersections.

DeLand joins the ranks of Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Palm Coast in adopting the controversial program, which supporters claim helps prevent accidents and critics slam as another way to fill city coffers.

Commissioner Leigh Matusick, a staunch supporter of the cameras that were approved 4-1 by the City Commission this week, said the program is not being instituted as a revenue stream for the city.

“This is about traffic safety on the roadway,” Matusick said, adding the idea is to reduce the number of accidents caused by red light runners.

Officials in Daytona Beach and Holly Hill say the program has helped to cut accident rates but failed to provide the financial shot-in-the-arm they were led to believe it would.

Daytona Beach was counting on the cameras to bring in $7.5 million in revenue by the end of September. Officials have since lowered that estimate to $1.5 million, all of which will be owed to the state and the camera vendor.

Holly Hill officials cite lenient judges tossing out tickets written for motorists making right turns on red.

Palm Coast’s program, meanwhile, was the subject of a 2009 class-action lawsuit. An appeals court recently ruled in the city’s favor. The firm that provided the red-light cameras opted to settle.

DeLand commissioners approved a three-year contact with Delaware-based Gatso USA Inc., which also provides a red-light camera, photo-enforcement program to Holly Hill and Daytona Beach. The agreement took effect Monday.

In 2011, the city approved a contract with another vendor to provide the same service but the program was never implemented. The contact was terminated earlier this year by both parties.

Under the terms of DeLand’s contract with Gatso, the firm will be responsible for installing and monitoring the cameras, among other things. The company has identified three intersections where it plans to install cameras — International Speedway Boulevard and Woodland Boulevard, International Speedway Boulevard and Amelia Avenue, and Woodland Boulevard and Taylor Road. Other locations are expected to be added later.

Red-light camera citations cost motorists $158, set by the state. The cost increases to $264 if the fine is not paid within 60 days. The money is divided between the city, the state and the vendor.

Commissioner Phil Martin cast the sole dissenting vote. “I am not against them in principal. They do reduce car accidents,” Martin said, adding he was upset because of the state interjecting itself into something that he felt should have been decided by home rule.

“Philosophically, I’m against it because it was sold as an opportunity to improve safety in communities and then the state debated whether they are legal,” he said, noting in the end, lawmakers approved red-light cameras while at the same time deciding that the state was entitled to a share of the fines.