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University of San Diego Selects McCain, Inc. for Parking Facility Update
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McCain’s Parking Guidance System to Reduce USD’s Parking Congestion.

VISTA, California, July 21, 2010 – McCain, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of parking, traffic and transit management solutions is pleased to announce that they have entered an agreement to install its Parking Guidance System at the University of San Diego (USD) to help direct motorists to available parking locations.

The official contract, entered on June 3, 2010, outlines McCain’s intention to refurbish 611 spaces in USD’s Mission Parking Structure with McCain’s Parking Guidance System, which accurately monitors individual parking space occupancy and communicates availability to motorists, guiding drivers to open spaces by means of electronic guidance signs that indicate exact availability by level and row, and LED indicator lights in each parking bay.

"With drivers spending more and more time searching the east end of campus for an open parking space, we view the McCain Parking Guidance System as an effective way to help us improve the efficiency of our parking systems while simultaneously reducing emissions,” said Chief Larry Barnett, assistant vice president of public safety for University of San Diego. “We’re pleased to partner with a local company whose solution addresses our parking concerns and supports our campus-wide commitment to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.”

The project spotlights USD as one of the only higher-education institutions in the United States to deploy a guidance system and, with a fully National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) compliant version, places them in the ranks of some of the world’s most technologically advanced parking structures. The technology will provide USD with effective parking traffic management that will seamlessly integrate with their existing infrastructure and last for years to come, yielding results that drastically reduce search times and driver stress.

“At McCain we strive to provide our customers with sustainable, technological solutions unique to any project specifications,” said Dan Ferson, director of parking solutions for McCain Inc. “We are confident that our parking system will prove helpful in providing USD with effective parking management and produce viable data to support further industry research and advancement.”

Through a unique agreement between USD and McCain, Inc., geared to support industry research and advancements, installation of the parking guidance system will begin immediately at no out-of-pocket expense to the university.

About the University of San Diego
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law, and Nursing and Health Sciences.

About McCain, Inc.
McCain, Inc. has been providing traffic related solutions to businesses and municipalities for over 25 years. McCain’s products and services are widely trusted across the U.S. and around the world to safely guide millions of motorists from point A to point B through the use of transportation, parking and transit systems. This privately held organization has experienced solid growth during the past two decades and currently employs over 500 people throughout North America. For more information, please visit