Transportation Systems & Electric Co., Ltd.(Tachikawa City)
Transportation Systems & Electric Co., Ltd. has a long history since 1937 (Showa 12) and works mainly on planning, designing, development research, and production of road traffic and railway signaling systems. We interviewed Mr. Katsushi Wakabayashi (photo), the chairman of the company that works on transportation infrastructure, which has a strong public interest, and continues to extend its reach steadily.
We established as Tokyo Hasami Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1937 (Showa 12) and changed our corporate name to Transportation Systems & Electric Co., Ltd. in 1999 (Heisei 11). We were producing chairs, etc. for rail cars at the time of establishment. However, with the development of the traffic network, our current core business is in four categories: road traffic signaling system, railway signaling system, parking system, and communication system, such as disaster prevention administration radio. We are not only producing traffic lights, but also focusing on businesses related to complex systems that have strong public interests, such as controller devices that control road and railway signals. Recently, we are also working on design and installation of bicycle lots due to increased use of bicycles, and management and maintenance of linking station towers for disaster prevention or cellular phones, by applying our wireless radio technologies. We currently employ about 300 people, and our core businesses, such as production, repair, and maintenance, are done at our Tachikawa Office.
Our strength is that we can offer a comprehensive service from design to maintenance management. We accurately draw needs of the operation site and feed them back to design and production of equipment and system operation. If we look at road traffic signaling systems as an example, traditionally, “line control” which only took into account traffic from one line, is used to alleviate traffic jams. However, we also developed “plane control” (Distributed Control System), which switches the traffic light by considering the inflow of cars from the surrounding roads. In addition, we developed a system that can optimize the traffic flow by automatically generating the control parameters for the traffic light control based on the information exchanged by multiple traffic lights through wireless LAN. This has already been introduced at various traffic intersections. Currently, by learning from the difficulties of traffic lights going out during the time of planned outage for the Great East Japan Earthquake, we are working on developing a disaster-resistant traffic system, which can keep major traffic lights functioning even in the case of power outages.
At our factory in Tachikawa City, we put effort in having active communication with nearby neighborhood residents to try to deepen their understanding towards our business activities. We hold “Factory excursion for parent and child during summer vacation” to show how the widely seen traffic lights are assembled, and we post a sign that says, “Traffic signal systems are produced inside this factory,” on the outside wall of the factory, so that people know what is being built. We believe that such efforts are essential for a factory to be located in a city and to coexist with the neighbor residents. Additionally, we also take an active action to contribute to the environment. As an example in the traffic systems, we were the first in Japan to develop an idling stop indicator (photo), and they are being installed at industrial road crossings on a trial basis.
In 1937 (Showa 12), we were established in Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, and in 1987 (Showa 62), we moved the head office and factory to Sakae-Cho, Tachikawa City, where our Tachikawa office is currently located. At that time, since we were undertaking everything from production to installation and maintenance of road signal devices in the Santama region, western Tokyo, we selected Tachikawa City as a center location. We are very satisfied with this location since we can work on joint development research with nearby universities and cooperate with the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute, which is a public testing institution. In terms of staffing, since our business is mainly on the traffic system that has strong public interests, various license acquisitions are crucial for our employees. When securing these staff resources, it is extremely advantageous to be located in Tokyo, where students with high aspirations gather. In terms of support, we receive subsidy from the “Operation Environment Improvement Assistance Project,” operated by Tachikawa City, and we work to maintain operations such as “Displaying of signage announcing our manufactured products” and “Installation of electric display to warn when a vehicle enters and exits from the factory to public street ” as mentioned earlier. As a company providing safety and security, we will continue to make an effort to respond to the requests of the new age and serve for the development and prosperity of the society, with “cooperation, activeness, responsibility” as our motto.
Address (Tachikawa Office): 1-10-7 Saiwai-Cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo