7.4.1 Overhead Canopy
Providing an overhead canopy at the inspection area improves lighting, protects the guards
and drivers from the inclement weather, and serves as a platform for traffic control devices,
signage, and security equipment. The canopy should cover all inspection lanes for the length
of the expected vehicles. Variable message signs (VMS) should be provided on the canopy
to indicate current force protection condition, provide driver instructions, and other general
information (2). Each lane should have lane control signals in both directions, similar to toll
collection or parking facilities, to inform incoming vehicles of the current lane configuration.
The overhead canopy also serves as a platform for lighting and security equipment. The
canopy should be designed to support the future installation of closed circuit television (CCTV)
cameras over each lane for inspection purposes or general observation.
The architectural design of the canopy structure shall match surrounding architecture and the
Base Exterior Architectural Plan.
7.4.2 Inspection Office
The inspection office serves as the central control center for the truck inspection station and
provides shelter for security personnel. Every truck inspection station must have an inspection
office. As the control center, the inspection office controls the vehicle barricades, traffic
control devices, access controls, and lighting. The office will include space for the following
equipment and functions:
Support 3 to 5 security personnel (7)
Electronic control panels for all current or anticipated future automated gates or
Monitor stations for CCTV or computer monitors associated with automation controls,
UVSS, and imaging systems
An electrical room for the main electric panelboards and electronic controls
Locker storage for traffic control devices, weapons, and personnel equipment including
vehicle inspection kits and the pre-positioning of personal protective equipment for
Computer servers for future automated identification systems
Counter or work space
A unisex restroom.
Waiting / Processing Area for Vehicle Occupants
7.4.3 Occupant Shelter
Shelter for the vehicle occupants can be provided in a separate shelter similar to those
specified for ECFs, or within the inspection office as specified in section 7.4.2.
7.4.4 Cargo Handling Equipment and Storage
Although advanced inspection equipment is designed to inspect the contents of a suspect
vehicle without opening or removing the cargo, it is anticipated that removal of cargo will be
necessary at times for a complete inspection. In addition, current inspection procedures
frequently require the removal of all or portions of the cargo in the suspect vehicle. Therefore