Fort Huachuca will automate the West Gate for 24/7 operations. The exact date for implementing this change will be announced later, once the contract for automation is awarded.
With automated access control in place, a vehicle approaches the gate and the operator activates the intercom to ring the Military Police Station. The desk sergeant answers the intercom and requests presentation of a valid form of identification. The vehicle operator then presents his ID to the camera. The desk sergeant validates the ID via camera and activates the arm at the gate to lift.
If the vehicle operator cannot be identified by the desk sergeant, the driver will not be granted access and will have to turn around. In the event the vehicle operator drives through the gate without authorization, the desk sergeant activates the automated vehicle barrier and dispatches patrols to monitor the situation.
Should the arm not operate, an on-duty police patrol accompanied by two Department of the Army guards will immediately man the gate. The arm can be lifted manually by the on-duty police patrol in the event it does not automatically lift.
Signs will be placed for West Gate exiting traffic, instructing vehicle operators to stop at the beam until there is no inbound traffic waiting to enter and then cross the beam which will activate the arm to lift.
The advantage that automated gate access brings is that it allows current West Gate security manning to be used at the Main and East Gates to negate overtime and maintain current operations and traffic flow.
Currently, the West Gate averages less than 250 vehicles (including in and outbound traffic) in a 24-hour period. This reflects fewer than 130 persons entering and exiting the post. The West Gate currently requires 10 Department of the Army Security Guards to operate around the clock. In fiscal year 2012, Fort Huachuca spent $364 thousand in overtime to maintain all installation gate operations.
In addition to the eight recording cameras at the West Gate, there is also a license plate reader that identifies and records all inbound license plates. For security purposes, the Directorate of Emergency Services will execute antiterrorism inspection measures on a random basis.