Gilruth Reentry Gate

JSC has installed a return entry gate for employees who use the Gilruth Center.  There already is an exit gate to leave the secure JSC facility at the Gilruth, but now JSC badged employees (who submit a NAMS request) will be able to return onsite from the Gilruth using their badge.  The Gilruth Gate #6 is an automated and unmanned gate that requires users to follow strict protocols. 

 

 


Overview of operation of gate

Detailed directions for submitting NAMS request to get access to the gate

Frequently Asked Questions


How does the Gilruth Gate #6 work?

The driver approaches the gate, stops by the silver stanchion with the card reader, intercom, and CCTV camera.  The driver presents his PIV badge to the card reader and receives a green light signifying a valid read.  The driver waits for the gate to retract and fully open and then waits for the gate arm barrier to rise.  The gate travels at one-foot per second and takes about nine seconds to completely open.  The driver proceeds slowly through the gate opening and stops at the stop sign on Second Street.  After the car passes the gate barrier arm, the arm will return to the down position to ensure that only one car goes through the gate per PIV badge read on the card reader.  After the car clears the last embedded safety loop, the gate begins its countdown to close. 

Once the gate barrier arm has returned to the down position, and while the gate is still open, the next car approaches the silver stanchion with the card reader, intercom, and CCTV camera.  The driver presents his PIV badge to the card reader and receives a green light signifying a valid read.  The driver waits for the gate arm barrier to rise and with the gate already open proceeds slowly through the gate opening to the stop sign on Second Street.

Since the gate takes nine (9) seconds to completely open and another nine (9) seconds to close, the gate barrier arm was added to ensure that only one car travels through the gate per valid PIV badge read.  If a line of cars are waiting the re-enter JSC, the gate may remain open as the gate barrier arm goes up and down letting individually authorized cars in without having to wait for eighteen (18) seconds for the gate to open and close completely.

 

 

Safety

There are three safety devices associated with the gate operation.  First, the gate has inductive safety loops that will used to stop or reverse direction of the automatic gate to prevent the gate from closing when it detects the presence of a vehicle on the loop.  Second, the gate itself has a bumper sensor mounted on the leading edge of the gate that will upon contact cause the gate to stop and reverse directions.  Third, there are two photo eyes that in the event the photo beam is blocked will prevent the gate from closing.


 Frequently Asked Questions

JSC Security monitors the gate operation through CCTV cameras, active patrols, and random inspections.  Should an employee fail to follow the outlined procedures, it will result in a six (6)-point violation under the JSC Traffic code and an automatic 90-day suspension of the Gilruth Gate #6 privilege. 

 

Can someone else ride in my car?  Yes, but only badge employees are allowed to enter JSC.  The driver is responsible for occupants within his vehicle.  Occupants must have a valid NASA PIV or locally issued JSC badge to enter the site.

 

What are the gate hours?  The gate is operational 24-hours per day but the Gilruth Center is only open from 0530-2200 Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday 0800-1700.

 

What to do if my badge doesn’t work?  Press the intercom button for assistance from the Emergency Dispatch Center.  The Dispatcher may deny access and require the driver to turn around and re-enter the center through a manned gate or the Dispatcher maybe able to validate the badge and remotely open the gate.

 

Can I leave the center using the re-entry gate?  No, the gate is one-way ingress traffic.  The exit gate is located at the end of Second Street.

 

What happens if security conditions change?  Should the center’s threat condition change, the gate may be secured and all traffic must pass through a manned gate.

 

What happens if the gate does not open?  Press the intercom button and speak with the Emergency Dispatch Center.

 

How do I get physical access to the Gilruth Gate?  Make a request in the NASA Access Management System (NAMS) Title: JSC Gilruth Gate #6

Description: JSC Gilruth Center Recreation Re-Entry Gate #6 allows users to enter the JSC site from the Gilruth.  Once access is approved, please review access guidelines, as violations may result in suspension of gate use or on-site driving privileges.

The User receives a ‘Custom Support Message’ with their completed approval:  NO TAILGATING - One vehicle entry per badge read; NO PIGGYBACKING - Driver is responsible for passengers, all must have current JSC badges in their possession before entering.  Violations are subject to the accumulation of six (6) points and revocation of Gilruth gate privileges, per JPR 1600.3 JSC Traffic Regulations.

 

Is there a JSC Today announcement?

JSC Security announces an automated gate at the Gilruth Center that may be used for re-entry on the center.  The JSC Gilruth Gate #6 will allow appropriately badged employees to re-enter JSC site from the Gilruth center, instead of exiting onto Space Center to re-enter the site through a manned gate.  To request access to the JSC Gilruth Gate #6, go to NAMS and follow the request procedure, include your business justification.  Security reviews all access requests, and upon approval the badgeholder’s badge will be electronically provisioned.  When the request is complete and provisioned on the badge, the requestors will receive an email confirmation.   The approved access will be listed in the requestor’s NAMS record and is subject to annual re-validation.  A badge will not work on the card reader, will not allow access unless the requestor has submitted and been approved in NAMS to use the gate.

 

Is there information on the Starport Website?

Yes, there is a description of the gate operation, how to request access in NAMS, and Frequently Asked Questions FAQs.

 

May a pedestrian or cyclist use the JSC Gilruth Gate #6?  Unfortunately no, automated gates such as the JSC Gilruth Gate #6 are not designed to safely allow pedestrian traffic.  Safety is a priority and all pedestrians and cyclists are required to use the pedestrian gate associated with the running trail located next to the exit gate at the end of Second Street.  These pedestrian gates have PIV card readers to ensure only badged employees access the center through the gate.  All badged employees have access to the pedestrian gates and a NAMS request is not required to use the pedestrian gates

 

How do I request access to use the JSC-Gilruth Gate 6?  To request access, start at the JSC Homepage by selecting IdMAX - NASA Identity/Access Mgmt Tools under the Services Tab.  Log into IdMAX and go to the Access Management Tab, then select NASA Access Management System (NAMS).  At the NAMS page, select “Your NAMS Requests” then “New Request” type JSC-Gilruth to find “JSC-Gilruth-Gate 6” and follow the instructions.


How to request access to Gilruth Gate #6 to return onsite from the Gilruth?

Before a badged JSC team member can use the Gilruth re-entry gate, they need to submit a request for access to the gate through the NASA Access Management System (NAMS).  Security reviews all access requests, and upon approval the badge holder’s badge will be electronically provisioned.  When the request is complete and provisioned on the badge, the requestors will receive an email confirmation.   The approved access will be listed in the requestor’s NAMS record and is subject to annual re-validation.  A badge will not work on the card reader, will not allow access unless the requestor has submitted and been approved in NAMS to use the gate.

Step 1: To request access, start at the JSC Homepage by selecting IdMAX - NASA Identity/Access Mgmt Tools under the Services Tab.

 

Step 2: This brings you to the Access Launchpad page to log in.  In the example below, we will log in using a Smartcard.

 

Step 3: Select the Access Management Tab.  

 

Step 4: This will open a new page.  On this page, select “Your NAMS Requests”.

 

Step 5:  At the top of the page will be “New Request” with a blank field.  Type in “JSC-Gilruth” and NAMS will find “JSC-Gilruth-Gate 6” as shown below.

 

Step 6: Click on the hyperlinked “JSC-Gilruth-Gate 6” text in the title field above and this brings you to a page to submit your request for access to use the Gilruth re-entry gate.  Security reviews all access requests, and upon approval the badge holder’s badge will be electronically provisioned.  When the request is complete and provisioned on the badge, the requestors will receive an email confirmation.  

For your "Sponsor", list your supervisor or the individual in the organization that approves NAMS requests for access to various facilities. If in doubt, you are welcome to use the Exchange Operations Manager, Robert D. Banfield, as your Sponsor.

NAMS requires the user to enter a “Business Justification”.  We recommend “I want to become healthy and exercise at Gilruth during lunch before quickly returning to work.”


Please note the text at the top of the page.

Johnson Gilruth Recreation Re-Entry Gate #6 allows Users to enter the JSC site from the Gilruth. Once access is approved, please review access guidelines, as violations may result in suspension of on-site driving privileges.”

Step 7:  Once you receive the email stating that your access to use the gate is approved, immediately come out to Gilruth, sign up for a Starport membership, work out, and then drive happily back onsite through the new Johnson Gilruth Center Re-Entry Gate #6.