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Starting Oct. 1, select motorists entering Redstone Arsenal will use the new Radio Frequency Identification lanes.

Organizational security managers are responsible for issuing the RFID cards to DOD civilians and active duty personnel – the only two groups currently eligible to receive RFID cards.

Once a person is issued a card, it needs to be registered. There are three ways to do that:

• AIE website:

• Self-service kiosk: Located in Visitor Center at Gate 9

• In-person: Register with a VCC employee at the Gate 9 Visitor Center

Currently, contractors, regardless of if they have a Common Access Card or not, are not eligible for an RFID card.

“We understand that there are a lot of contractors on this installation,” Director of Operations Ron Thomas said. “As soon as we can get a read-back from our higher headquarters we will reconsider that, but at this time, we are not able to extend that out to contractors.”

At first, the new technology will only be in use at Gate 9. Then on Oct. 7, guards will bring RFID lanes online at Gates 1 and 7.

Initially, Gate 9 lanes 4, 5 and 6 will be RFID lanes, while lanes 2 and 3 will be RFID lanes at Gates 1 and 7.

Drivers are asked to approach with caution as guards will be stationed forward of the gate helping guide those with RFID cards through the new process for the first four business days after the RFID lanes go active.

Using the lanes are simple.

If you have an RFID card, you’ll approach the gate at three to five mph while maintaining about two car lengths between you and the driver in front of you, display your card through your windshield and watch for the red X to turn to a green arrow.

Be sure to keep your driver’s side window rolled down because the guards still need to see your face to verify that it matches the credentials on the RFID card.

If the light doesn’t turn green, then you’ll have to stop for the guard to scan your card and grant you access.

For the first phase of the program, drivers with RFID cards are “highly encouraged” to only use RFID lanes and motorists without RFID cards are asked to only use the non-RFID lanes, according to Thomas.

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