Local

September 13, 2013

West Gate access control point to go automated

Tags:
Gabrielle Kuholski
Staff Writer

Testing of a new automated system is underway at Fort Huachuca’s West Gate. Once completed, no Department of the Army civilian security guards will be posted at the gate.

Moving to the unmanned system will save approximately $250,000 a year according to John Griffin, Physical Security Access Control division chief. It also helps Griffin with the installation’s Directorate of Emergency Services DA security guard staffing.

“In today’s resource-constrained environment, automation of the gate will allow us to better utilize our DA guards where they are most needed,” Griffin said. “Right now we are not at our authorized strength of guards, so they would be much better utilized at the other installation gates.”

Once converted to automatic gates, certain personnel who live in the surrounding area and use the West Gate will be vetted and provided proxy cards which open the gate.

Non-proxy card personnel will come up to the kiosk and push the button, which operates a camera and intercom connected to the Military Police Station. Once the individual displays an ID card such as a driver’s license to the camera, an MP at the station will open the gate for the driver. For vehicles exiting post, an automated exit gate will automatically open when drivers approach.

“There are several measures in place to keep [the West Gate] safe, even though it is unmanned,” Griffin said, referring to the automatic vehicle barrier, which can be activated by the MP desk sergeant if a driver tries to breach the gate.

On average, less than 300 vehicles pass through the West Gate each day. John Tackitt, Department of the Army guard chief, explained, and the gate remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Switching to the automated system would save 10 guards from staffing the gate around the clock, he said.

Although it experiences much less traffic than the Main and East Gates, residents of eastern Cochise County and western Santa Cruz County use the gate as a way to commute to on-post or Sierra Vista locations. The Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista communities travel through the gate for recreation in the western Huachuca Mountains.

In a measure designed to save about $250,000 annually and staff other gates more effectively, West Gate access will soon be automated, and drivers accessing Fort Huachuca will need to display appropriate identification before a camera at the access control point. An intercom will connect them with the Military Police Station where someone on duty will press a button to open the gate after identification has been verified.

The target date for testing completion of the automated system is Sept. 21.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Traffic changes at fort’s East Gate begin Monday due to major construction

The east gate on Fort Huachuca receives a major facelift beginning Monday. The project will impact traffic flow into the installation and there will be delays. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic which will be routed through the outbound lanes for a portion of the road. Traffic will be inbound only from 5...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Young artist helps local PD catch criminals through her work

Courtesy photo Makenzie Sargent is pictured with some of her artwork. A young woman whose parents work on Fort Huachuca is helping the Sierra Vista Police Department take a bite out of crime through her artwork. Makenzie Sargen...
 
 

Sierra VistAbility Day, job fair to take place

Sierra VistAbility Day Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” In celebration, the City of Sierra Vista Commission on Disability Issues and the...
 

 
Alma-Dolores-Dancers-Arts-&-Humanities-award

Cultural programming comes to SV Public Library

City of Sierra Vista As a library located close to an international border, the Sierra Vista Public Library, or SVPL, staff strives to provide books, language programs, and events for all patrons as the cross promotion of both ...
 
 
WEObs1_20140826_Flynn

Women’s Equality Day: FH celebrates at Alvarado Hall

Before the Women’s Equality Day Observance Aug.26, Capt. Jessica Howell, Company C, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, takes a moment to read historical facts about Women’s Equality Day on display at Alvarado Hall. The ...
 
 

Glass recycling now available in Sierra Vista

SIERRA VISTA – Clean glass bottles and jars can be dropped off for recycling at the new Sierra Vista Glass Recycling Depot as part of the city’s trial glass recycling project. The Glass Recycling Depot, located in the parking lot of the Pedro Castro Government Maintenance Center, is a glass collection point that is separate...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin