History

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1940s

April 1946

Nagoya Denki Kogyosho founded by Kiyoshi HATTORI. Began repair and sale of electric equipment in Tsubaki-cho, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City.

1950s

May 1958

Established Nagoya Denki Shoji Co, Ltd. in Sotetsumachi, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City (1-chome and 2-chome, Ekiminami, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City), and began sale of general-purpose electrical components and power distribution electrical equipment.

July 1959

Absorbed Nagoya Hen’atsuki Seisakusho Co., Ltd. in order to expand operations. Changed trade name to Nagoya Electric Works Co., Ltd. Relocated headquarters to Yokoboricho, Nakagawa Ward, Nagoya City. Began production of control equipment, and simultaneously established a production plant for power distribution equipment.

1960s

December 1966

Used telephone lines owned by the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT) for communication purposes other than telephone calls for the first time in Japan. Invented and developed a remotely-operated system to light up letters composed of light bulbs. Delivered the first ever electric information board (electric bulletin board and road information board) to the Gifu National Road Construction Office, Ministry of Construction (currently Gifu National Road Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport). The board, which was Japan’s first ever remotely-controlled electric information board, informed drivers prior to entering Sekigahara that National Route 21 through Sekigahara had closed due to excessive snowfall in order to prevent traffic congestion. (Started ITS information equipment-related business.)

April 1969

Developed vehicle-mounted signage equipment that made use of printed sheets of information that were rolled up to alter the display. Delivered this technology to the Nagoya Administration Bureau, Japan Highway Public Corporation (currently the Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited).

May 1969

All Tomei Expressway lanes opened. Installed electric information boards (electric bulletin boards) between Tokyo IC and Numazu IC as well as between Mikkabi IC and Komaki IC.

November 1969

Invented and developed caption-variable signage (internally illuminated), a type of road sign that displays different information at different times. Proposed this technology to the National Police Agency, which then adopted it. The technology was first installed in Kagurazaka, Shinjuku Ward, and then spread nationwide.

1970s

December 1970

Established technical research institute.

December 1971

Developed parking meters at the Company’s technical research institute that incorporate lasers into vehicle detection sensors. Delivered this technology to the National Police Agency in April of the following year, and installed the equipment on Namiki-dori Street in Ginza.

1971

Invented and developed road closing equipment. Installed the first model on National Route 41 in Kami-aso, Hichiso Village.

March 1974

Developed a dam discharge warning system that makes use of road information board (electric bulletin board) systems. Delivered the first model to the Tenryu River Dam Integrated Control Office, Ministry of Construction. Installed at Miwa Dam, Nagano Prefecture.

April 1975

Invented and developed pedestrian traffic signals for the sight-impaired (commonly referred to as “bird tweets” after the sound made when in operation). Conducted test installation at the Aichi Prefectural Police Headquarters. Announced the technology at a nationwide joint meeting of sight-impaired citizens.

September 1975

Developed a suspension-type traffic signal, and delivered this to the Aichi Prefectural Police Headquarters. Installed at Akamon Intersection in Osu after first conducting a test installation.

August 1979

Opened Miwa Plant (current company headquarters) in Miwa Town, Ama District, Aichi Prefecture (currently Ama City, Aichi Prefecture) in order to strengthen production capabilities.

1980s

December 1982

Delivered Japan’s first ever LED display boards (electric bulletin board) to the Meihan Expressway Construction Office, Ministry of Construction. These were installed as temperature display boards to inform drivers of black ice, etc. during winter.

1986

Developed and began installation of LED road information boards (electric bulletin boards) in which incandescent lamps were replaced with LED lights.

August 1987

Invented, developed and began sale of the soldered visual inspection device NLB-1500, the first such equipment in the world to make use of laser beams. (Started FA inspection equipment company-related business.)

1990s

March 1991

Invented and developed an image processing-based parking status recognition system capable of accepting video data and using a neural network to estimate parking lot-wide congestion status from incomplete parking status information. Delivered and installed this in the Ashigara Service Area on the Tomei Expressway operated by the Japan Highway Public Corporation (currently the Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited).

June 1991

Established the subsidiary Nihon Shasai Hyoshiki Co, Ltd. in order to strengthen sales of signage vehicles, etc. (later called Infomex Co., Ltd. and currently the IX Promotion Department).

October 1993

Developed information provision equipment for Roadside Stations. Delivered this technology to the Shizuoka National Road Construction Office, Ministry of Construction. Installed at Roadside Station Fuji.

October 1994

Developed NACOVI (indoor-type), LED-based full-color display equipment.

June 1995

Change the name of the general research institute that developed from the technical research institute to the Optoelectronics Division (currently the FA Inspection Equipment Company).

June 1997

Acquired ISO9001 certification in the Optoelectronics Division (currently the FA Inspection Equipment Company).

December 1997

Developed NACOVI (outdoor-type), LED-based full-color display equipment. Delivered this technology to the Nagano National Road Construction Office, Ministry of Construction, and installed it at the Akanuma Information Station. (Photograph: Kamigo Service Area.)

December 1998

Developed and began sale of the X-ray-based automated inspection device NLX-2500.

2000s

January 2000

Acquired ISO9001 certification in the Information Equipment Department (currently the ITS Information Equipment Division).

March 2000

Developed an image processing-based road surface condition detection system that makes use of cameras, etc. to distinguish between five types of road conditions: Dry, wet, watery ice, crunchy ice and compacted snow. Delivered this technology to the Nagano National Road Construction Office, Ministry of Construction (currently the Nagano National Road Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).

September 2000

Listed on the second section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange.

June 2003

Developed and began sale of soldered visual inspection equipment that makes use of image processing.

December 2003

Acquired ISO14001 certification in the Optoelectronics Department (currently the FA Inspection Equipment Company).

December 2006

Acquired ISO14001 certification in the Information Equipment Department (currently the ITS Information Equipment Division).

November 2009

Developed multi-colored shape information boards, and delivered these to the Kakegawa Test Track for the Shin-Tomei Expressway operated by Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited.

2010s

January 2010

Developed NVI-FZ, a new type of soldered visual inspection equipment.

March 2010

Developed hybrid LED information boards installed with solar panels, and delivered these to Shiga Prefecture.

January 2011

Established liaison offices in Wuxi and Shenzhen as footholds in developing sales and service hubs in China.

April 2012

Jointly developed the speed sense control system BLINKSs* (awareness-raising board and photo-reactive driving support light system) as a new-generation information provision method together with Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited. Installed on Shin-Tomei Expressway.

February 2013

Developed and began sale of NXI-3300, a new type of X-ray inspection equipment.

February 2013

Won the Toyota Technology & Development Award for development of camera array-based image inspection equipment.

April 2013

Absorbed Infomex Co., Ltd. as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

April 2013

Began sale of LED lighting and diffused light-type alarm lamps.

June 2014

Established Zero-Sum ITS Solutions India Private Limited, a joint venture aimed at providing expressway traffic system-related services in Bengaluru, Karnataka State, India, via joint contribution with Zero-Sum Ltd.

February 2015

Entered into a capital business collaboration agreement with Daiichi Jitsugyo Co., Ltd. regarding inspection equipment business. Acquired the inspection equipment business department of Daiichi Mecha-tech Corporation, a subsidiary of Daiichi Jitsugyo Co., Ltd.

March 2015

Entered into a business transfer agreement with Anritsu Networks Co., Ltd., Anritsu Corporation, regarding main controllers for equipment displaying road and river information.

August 2015

Entered into a capital business collaboration agreement with Nippon Signal Co., Ltd. regarding information equipment.

October 2018

Acquired shares in Conlux Matsumoto Co., Ltd. and acquired the company as a subsidiary.

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