2013-10-25 / Front Page

Automated Installation Entry security system to be operational in 2014

By Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Lieutenant Gregory Whittington, visitor control center supervisor and Department of the Army security guard, swipes his Identification card at an Automated Installation Entry system pedestal Oct. 22 at Gate 3 during a demonstration of the AIE system. Set to begin January 2014, in approximately 90 days, personnel wishing to access Fort Gordon will do so by swiping their pre-registered Department of Defense ID at installation gates by using the AIE system. Once the driver’s card is verified by the AIE reader the arm of the gate will raise and the driver will be allowed to enter the installation. 
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Lieutenant Gregory Whittington, visitor control center supervisor and Department of the Army security guard, swipes his Identification card at an Automated Installation Entry system pedestal Oct. 22 at Gate 3 during a demonstration of the AIE system. Set to begin January 2014, in approximately 90 days, personnel wishing to access Fort Gordon will do so by swiping their pre-registered Department of Defense ID at installation gates by using the AIE system. Once the driver’s card is verified by the AIE reader the arm of the gate will raise and the driver will be allowed to enter the installation. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The Automated Installation Entry security system is ready at Fort Gordon to begin January 2014 and will mark a change in the way access is granted to the installation.

A simple swipe of a registered identification card at an access control point such as Gate 1, 2, 3, or 5 will result in the ability to accurately verify DoD identification cards via the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and driver’s licenses via state formats by way of an individual’s DoD ID card or state driver’s license. The ID’s will automatically be checked against Fort Gordon and state and national restricted access lists.

“The advantage of AIE is that we have the capability to upgrade the security posture at our installation so that we can deter terrorists, criminals, and unauthorized personnel (such as people who are barred from the installation) from coming onto the installation,” said Tom Scott, a security specialist with the Directorate of Emergency Services. “It also gives us the capability to ensure that CAC cards are not fake, that they are valid. The future capability will ensure that driver’s licenses are not fake. We will be able to bounce those drivers license against terrorist watch lists, anti-terrorism databases and things of that nature.”

The AIE system is part of a DoD directive stating the use by all DoD installations and national crime information centers of a physical access control system. The purpose of the PAC system is to validate credentials against authoritative databases in near-real-time. It will help identify those individuals who are not using authorized identification and who may be gaining unauthorized access to the post.

Scott explained that the use of AIE will enhance the security posture of the installation’s ACPs by automating authentication of authorized and registered personnel entering the installation while increasing the effectiveness of the guard force.

Registration is required for DoD ID cards and includes the Common Access Card, used by active duty military personnel, Department of the Army civilians, members of the Reserve and National Guard, contractors and DA retired civilians; and the Teslin card, which is used by military retirees, military family members and eligible disabled veterans.

Individual information captured during the registration process includes a recorded fingerprint, known as biometric information, a photograph and the individual’s digital signature.

Registration locations include the Military Police section in Darling Hall, building 33720, room 151; the visitor control center at Gate 1, building 75; the National Security Agency visitor control center, or via mobile registration.

The use of AIE will prove time-saving as no longer will each individual be asked to show their ID card at the ACP. The trusted traveler will swipe their card in the AIE system and enter the installation. However the agreement holds the trusted traveler accountable for those occupants they are bringing onto the installation.

As Fort Gordon prepares for the use of AIE in the next 90 days there is ample time to register. Visit the MP section at Darling Hall for more information on AIE.

AIE: How it works

• Personnel register at registration station where their fingerprint, photograph and signature are captured

• Authorized personnel who are 18-years of age and older will sign the TTA

• Person is now registered in the AIE system

• Registered AIE personnel (when wishing to gain access to the installation) drive to an ACP and present their card at the card reader

• The registered person’s information is displayed on a screen inside the guard booth and reviewed

• The guard verifies the information on the screen

• Access is granted if displayed information matches the registered information (if the information is not a match entrance to the installation is denied)

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