New Entry Control Point Increases Security

25 October 2013

A new rear gate Entry Control Point (ECP) was inaugurated on Thursday 10 October 2013 at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters (ISAF).

The new entry offers a more functional design and improved security for ISAF HQ. It incorporates redesigned lanes that facilitate the flow of incoming vehicles and a new Integrated Personnel Screening Module (IPSM), which allows for faster processing of people and baggage. In all cases, waiting time is being reduced for traffic into the ISAF HQ.

The construction of the ECP is another example of successful inter-agency cooperation to satisfy customer requirements and was a truly collaborative effort: it was financed by the NATO Investment Committee (IC), the NATO Support Agency’s Logistics Operations Unit contracted the civil works (worth approximately 4 MEUR) and the relocation of the vehicles scanner was accomplished through NSPA’s CIS Support Programme. In addition, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) acquired and tested the IPSM. While the new ECP was being built, the old installation continued to operate with the help of two mobile scanners that were used while the vehicle scanner was being relocated.

Close cooperation and coordination between agencies and the Base Support Group (BSG) were key to the success of the project. During the short ceremony held to mark the opening of the new ECP, the ISAF HQ Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, thanked both agencies for their continued efforts and cooperation.