The General Services Administration, manager of all Federal government buildings, approached Vector Electric, Inc. (VEI) requesting that an additional technological feature be included in any upgrade: a “guard tour” capability, utilizing existing PIV cards that would provide an audit trail of guard visitations to each detention cell and document that detainees are being properly monitored. PIV cards, smart identity cards issued to government employees in compliance with HSPD-12, have actually created a platform whereby agencies can manage both physical and logical access control for all their employees through a single integrated system.
Each of these Land Port of Entry facilities, also known as Federal Inspection Sites, has their own set of detention cells designed to temporarily detain subjects for security purposes. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel installation served as the beta site to test the “guard tour” capabilities of the Brivo system, and the guard tour function has now been extended to two of the other facilities to date. The Brivo system is programmed to read the officers’ existing PIV cards, so no new, separate cards are needed. After a number of months of beta-testing the guard tour functionality, the staff wanted more from the system. “We had to identify the biggest challenges they were facing. Turns out the guards need to document the detainees’ condition after taking each tour and this was generating a lot of paper. With software upgrades to the Brivo Aparato, we were able to duplicate the required DHS form in the Brivo system interface—no wasted paper, everything is in one place, and the form is compliant with DHS requirements.”
“Departments like Homeland Security are facing some major challenges brought on by HSPD-12 and related PIV requirements. Our experience over the last year with these facilities demonstrates that we’ve got an attractive potential solution to address these challenges: Brivo’s technology, ADT Commercial Security’s market presence and reach, and Vector’s proven track record of success working across numerous government agencies. The combined Brivo/ADT/Vector team offers all government agencies the ability to implement HSPD-12 and PACS management using government-issued PIV cards in a seamless, painless manner.”