New entry control system strengthens installation security

By Eric KowalOctober 27, 2020

New Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system
New Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Todd Mozes) VIEW ORIGINAL

Picatinny Arsenal has transitioned to a new ID card scanning process at all installation access control points that is designed to strengthen safety and security.

The Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system is deemed critical for the identification and denial of criminals, potential insider threats, and terrorists attempting to access our Installation.

Despite various security features in DOD issued ID cards, criminals and others have the ability to recreate documents that are extremely difficult to detect based solely on a visual inspection. To better detect these counterfeit documents when presented at installation entry points,  the Army has developed scanning technology that  will compare data embedded in the ID Card, either through the chip or the bar code, with information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database.

The purpose is to verify that the ID Card is legitimate. The system will also display to security personnel the photograph that is in the DEERS system for comparison to the person presenting the ID Card.

What does this mean for you?

Common Access Card (CAC)/Military ID Holders: Upon pulling up to gain entry at any one of the gates, Picatinny Arsenal Security Guards will scan your CAC Card/Military ID using an AIE handheld device.

Current CAC Card and Military ID holders will be registered in the system during their initial scan at the gate, expected to take from three to seven seconds.   Follow-on scans will take two to three seconds. CAC Card/Military ID Holders do not  have to register at the Visitor Control Center, nor register online. Simply drive up to the gate as you normally would. However, there are a few things to bear in mind:

1) Upon approaching the gate, drivers should wear a mask because  the sentry must be within six feet of the typical social distance standard to scan the CAC.

2) To mitigate the spread of Covid-19, only hand your ID card to the sentry if asked.

3) Each time you approach the gate, show the back  of your CAC to the sentry, keeping the horizontal bar code uncovered  so that it can be scanned.

Contractors: Continue using an issued Picatinny Badge for entry until further notice.

Visitors: Continue to process through the Visitor Control Center. Visitors will be registered in the AIE system by having a photo taken and receiving a pass/badge for access. This process will take between five to seven  minutes in the Visitor Control Center.

What does the AIE system scan for? 

The AIE system validates identification credentials against authoritative databases  The system will also enable Security Guards to quickly determine if an ID card is expired, has been reported lost or stolen, or if the bearer has restrictions regarding access to Picatinny Arsenal (e.g. driving restrictions or barred from the installation).

If your ID card has been reported lost or stolen, guards will be confiscate the card.  Each time an ID Card is scanned, the system will also compare the information to an FBI database to determine if there is a match for any outstanding arrest warrants or for any other security related concerns. These concerns may include a criminal history including: National Sex Offender Registry File, Identity Theft File, Foreign Fugitive File, Violent Persons File, Protection Order File, Immigration Violator File and Terrorist Screening Database.

For more information, contact the Physical Security office via email at

(Photo Credit: Todd Mozes) VIEW ORIGINAL