National Infantry Museum Takes a Shot at Security

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, located in Columbus, Ga., turned to AMAG Technology to find a comprehensive access control solution for its 190,000-square-foot museum. The facility houses more than 30,000 artifacts, including contents from Saddam Hussein’s palace.

The brand new National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, located in Columbus, Ga., is just outside of Fort Benning, the home of the Infantry and one of the Army’s largest installations. The museum is a world-class tribute to Infantrymen past, present and future and is the first of its kind in the United States.[IMAGE]benning3.jpg[/IMAGE]

Six large galleries tell the heroic story of Infantrymen tracing details from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism. More than 30,000 artifacts are on display throughout the 190,000-square-foot museum, and visitors can enjoy an authentically recreated World War II Company Street, 3D IMAX theatre, restaurant, gift store and weapons simulator.

The museum turned to security consulting firm Newcomb and Boyd for security technology expertise and direction. Mike McCabe, director of Information Technologies for the National Infantry Foundation, had the challenge to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for guests while securing the museum facility and artifacts.

Protecting priceless artifacts and controlling the flow of traffic throughout the museum prompted the installation of AMAG’s Symmetry Professional security management system (SMS) integrated with Digital Monitoring Products’ (DMP) XR500 intrusion system. The integration allows control of points, zones and users through the AMAG Symmetry SMS. Pelco DX8100 DVRs along with Pelco Camclosure fixed cameras and Spectra IV pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) cameras provide video coverage. Operational Security Systems Inc. installed and programmed the integrated security system.


Covering Ground Movements
Controlling access and securing expensive weapons and artifacts are critical. The museum tracks movement of people in the facility, and all employees and volunteers wear a badge to identify themselves and gain access to approved areas within the museum.[IMAGE]benning1.jpg[/IMAGE]

The galleries, storage areas and carpentry shop are protected by AMAG’s Symmetry access control system. Over 50 Pelco cameras view the general gallery areas, building entrances and exits, exterior areas of the building and employee parking lot and service entrance areas.

The Symmetry EN-1DBC Power over Ethernet (PoE) door controller manages access in the parking lots using HID ProxPro readers.

“In order to maintain the same level of access integrity and keep the project cost down for the museum, the Symmetry EN-1DBC PoE door controller was selected for the employee parking lot and service and loading dock lot,” says Operational Security Systems Inc. Project Manager, Keith Lockhart. “Using a fiber Ethernet connection to each of the two gate locations, allows for full remote control of the gates via the Symmetry graphical user interface (GUI). The gates can be momentarily or maintained open with one click of the mouse.”

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