Ft. Huachuca to automate gate access at little used entrance | News
Ft. Huachuca officials hope to automate the West Gate for 24/7 operations in the near future. The exact date for implementing this change will be announced later, once the contract for automation is awarded.
Garrison commander Col. Dan McFarland and members of the garrison team will conduct an informational Town Hall meeting 7 p.m., June 5, at the Cowboy Church in Canelo to ensure West Gate users and residents understand the changes in access control procedures.
The procedure for automated access control will be as follows:
- A vehicle approaches the gate and the operator activates the intercom to ring the MP Station. The desk sergeant answers the intercom and requests presentation of a valid form of identification. The vehicle operator then presents their 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 utilized 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 both in and outbound traffic) in a 24-hour period. This reflects less than 130 persons entering and exiting the post at this one gate. The West Gate currently requires ten Department of the Army Security Guards to operate around the clock, which contributed to the total cost of $364,000 in fiscal year 2012, in overtime to maintain all installation gate operations.
In addition to the eight recording cameras in place at the West Gate, there will also be a license plate reader that identifies and records all inbound license plates. For security purposes, the Directorate of Emergency Services will execute anti-terrorism inspection measures on a random basis.