The Automated Installation Entry system upgrades improve the installation’s security.
AIE is the Army’s electronic physical access control system that increases security for everyone by electronically vetting and validating a person requesting access.
The latest AIE brings capabilities to ease visitor access, including online, kiosk, and in-lane registration.
“All of the capabilities are in the system,” said Joseph Wieland, installation programs manager, product manager, Force Protection Systems. “The handhelds were the first thing that we took from the AIE 2 to the AIE 3.”
With newer changes to AIE, drivers will see particular processes become even more efficient.
In commercial vehicle lanes at Tulley Gate, guards use a handheld card reader to vet visitors using their driver’s license.
“If you’re coming in as a visitor, you have to have your driver’s license. They run an additional vetting check on you. If you have a driver’s license that is from a non-Real ID compliant state, you have to show a second form of identification,” Wieland said.
The handheld reader performs vetting, taking about 30 seconds to register an approved visitor. Registration includes biographical information and photo.
Department of Defense-affiliated and military personnel are vetted automatically and registered in-lane by scanning their CAC or DoD ID at the pedestal or by handing their card to the guard during handheld operations.
The system takes five to seven seconds to register first-time users. Afterward, it should take a second or two for the system to vet a person’s credentials.
The visitor submits their information online and is vetted. They are then able to print a visitor pass and head to the post. All visitors must enter through Tulley Gate with their visitor pass and driver’s license. If the visitor has a non-Real ID compliant driver’s license, then they will need additional identification.
“The Fort Belvoir Directorate of Emergency Services currently requires a second form of identification when the visitor’s driver license states ‘Not for Federal Identification,” Wieland said, adding that second forms of identification include a passport, birth certificate, or other federal Personal Identity Verification credential.
The visitor either scans the visitor pass on the pedestal or hands the pass to the guard. The guard will need to see the driver’s license in either case. The web registration URL will be advertised in the coming weeks.
Some requesting a visitor’s pass may not be able to print from their home, non-DOD computer. They would have to stop at the visitor’s center to have their pass printed.
All visitors without a valid DoD ID who have not previously been registered at Fort Belvoir, must stop at the visitor center to be vetted.
At the center, visitors can use a kiosk for self-registration or the standard visitor center registration process. At the kiosk, visitors enter their registration information.
If successfully vetted, a visitor pass is issued within three minutes. If the visitor has a non-Real ID compliant driver’s license, they will need to present a second form of ID. Additionally, people are able to process a ‘forgot CAC’ request to be issued a one-day pass and a ‘forgot/lost visitor pass’ request to reissue their visitor pass in less than a minute.
This process has received great feedback from those who have lost their CAC, Wieland said, saying it’s much quicker than the previous process. During the traditional registration process, visitors provide their information to a registrar. Registering at the visitor center takes about three minutes once you have been called to the desk.
How to use the lanes
There are marquees above the lanes at all the Access Control Points (GREEN ‘↓’ arrow open, RED ‘X’ closed). These let everyone know which lane to use and AIE is used in all open lanes.
When using AIE:
• Approach gate slowly; ensure you pull close enough to pedestal but be mindful of your mirrors.
• Hold the bar code on the visitor pass or back of the CAC/DoD ID card under the barcode scanner on the pedestal. Additionally, the proximity chip on the CACs can be used on the chip reader, which may take longer.
• Wait for green traffic light and gate arm to begin rising.
• Proceed slowly through the gate onto post.
•If access is denied, take directions from the guard.
Visitors may experience situations where one guard watches over two lanes simultaneously from their guard booth. The guard is monitoring the AIE as visitors scan their IDs at the pedestals.
Occasionally, a guard equipped with a handheld card reader will work in the lane inbound of the pedestal to expedite traffic flow.
The first vehicle in line will have their DoD ID card or visitor pass scanned by the guard while the second vehicle in line swipes their card at the pedestal. Upon completion both vehicles will be allowed to proceed.
Trusted Traveler Program
Service members, military spouses, DoD employees, retired uniformed Service members and their spouses can vouch for occupants in their vehicle. If you are a Trusted Traveler, proceed to the pedestal and scan your ID Card.
If you are not a Trusted Traveler, those in your vehicle must have a valid military or DoD ID, or a pass issued for Fort Belvoir. If not they will be redirected to the Visitor Center at Tulley Gate.