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McCain expands its integrated Parking Guidance System

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Supply of advanced intelligent transportation solutions for safety and mobility McCain has announced that it has been chosen to deploy a fully integrated OPTIPARK Parking Guidance System (PGS) in the City of Pleasant Hill, CA.

The system will be installed at a parking garage located in one of largest shopping districts in the area, continuing McCain’s expansion into Silicon Valley, an area widely known for its acceptance of innovation.

The OPTIPARK system was selected for its accuracy in capturing parking space data through cameras and software and being able to disseminate that information to third parties or through city/vendor apps and websites.

Installation and integration will begin immediately and will be complete by the end of 2019.

McCain was selected by Vestar, a leading retail and entertainment destination property management group in the western United States that runs the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping district and its associated City of Pleasant Hill parking garage. Located at the corner of Boyd Road and Contra Costa Boulevard, the parking facility offers 662 parking spaces and currently has a legacy magnetic loop parking system that requires frequent maintenance.

Vestar’s parking partner, Walker Consultants, reviewed multiple parking guidance solutions for this prestigious downtown project. After the selection was awarded, McCain Parking Product Manager Niko Stieldorf said, “We believe that they selected OPTIPARK PGS because of the accuracy of the system and the elegant simplicity of its installation. Clearly using cameras and software that can tie into the existing security system and web sites was an advantage. This system will help improve the customer experience which is at the very heart of the retail shopping business.”

“Providing an environment at the Pleasant Hill shopping district that really gives the user a wonderful experience and takes the stress out of trying to find parking will result in a more contented customer, which opens up more business opportunities for retail clients, ensuring their long-term success as well,” added Stieldorf.

McCain said its OPTIPARK PGS provides motorists with parking guidance while providing parking facility operators with a compelling alternative compared to single-space systems or older, less accurate technology, like magnetic loops. McCain uses camera-based detection at critical decision points that apply object recognition and path tracking to accurately identify open spaces on any floor of a parking facility, including on or near ramps which is more difficult for other systems.

This highly accurate vehicular data is collected and analysed by OPTIPARK Software, which can then share space availability anywhere, including apps, websites, business intelligence tools and variable message signs throughout a community. The software and its data sharing capabilities are fully scalable, meaning more facilities or a community’s traffic system information can be integrated to create a citywide parking guidance system.

Integration with parking solutions like McCain’s OPTIPARK Parking Guidance System (PGS) enables synchronisation between parking events and signal operations. OPTIPARK provides motorists with parking guidance while providing parking facility operators with compelling low-cost alternatives compared to single-space systems.


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