McCain’s Latest Cabinet Technology Solves Key Problem for Georgia DOT

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Georgia deploys low-voltage 350i ATC Cabinet at troublesome intersection

VISTA, California – December 6, 2016 – McCain Inc., a national leader in the supply of advanced transportation solutions for safety and mobility, today announced the completion of a landmark project in Covington, Georgia that leverages the company’s first deployment of a low-voltage 350i ATC Cabinet. The advanced cabinet architecture and expansive capabilities helped the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) improve operations at a troublesome dual-intersection location.

The task of eliminating congestion and guiding drivers more efficiently between Interstate 20 and a parallel access road was brought to the GDOT signal department where Justin Hatch, transportation engineer, and Mike Govus, assistant state signal engineer, were up for the challenge. “The project intersections are located just fifty feet apart,” commented Hatch. “After evaluating how to better move vehicles through the intersections, controlled by a single cabinet, Mike and I decided that the ideal solution was to install a new cabinet with more channels (or traffic command capabilities).”

The McCain low-voltage 350i ATC Cabinet was presented to GDOT by Utilicom Supply Associates, McCain’s local distributor and a premier regional supplier of communications, ITS, and traffic products. The cabinet more than fit the bill offering GDOT the ability to control up to 32 channels, twice the industry norm. Powered by Schneider Electric’s innovative 48 VDC power management unit, the low-voltage cabinet also offered the agency a unique means to further promote driver and technician safety.

“AT GDOT, we are always looking for ways to incorporate new and emerging technology,” added Govus. “The low-voltage option provides immediate benefits to our team’s safety, by reducing the risk of dangerous (high-voltage) shocks, and also opens the door to future opportunities, such as solar or extended system backups in the event of a power outage or emergency. We viewed this as a win-win that would also help GDOT keep pace with technology.”

Commemorating the project’s completion, GDOT Director of Operations, John Hibbard said, “I’m proud to celebrate the creative thought and technical capabilities of two of our excellent Traffic Operations staff.”