• November 28, 2014

Killeen’s director of aviation wants security upgrades at airport

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:17 pm, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

With the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport’s recent expansion and nearly decade-old security systems, the city’s director of aviation is requesting the Killeen City Council’s authorization to seek proposals for a security system upgrade.

According to city documents, when the airport opened in 2004, the control and alarm monitoring system installed at the time was “state-of-the-art,” met the facility’s needs and federal regulations.

Matt Van Valkenburgh, aviation director, said since that time security regulations have changed as have the needs of the airport as it expands. He said security technology also “radically evolved” and the current system can’t be upgraded to meet the airport’s needs.

“The things we want to do are integrate our access control with our close-circuit televisions so that we have full command and control,” he said. “We would like to add graphic user interfaces for our operators so they have instant recognition to any sort of breach.”

Van Valkenburgh said the current system is incapable of meeting those needs. “Technology has changed. This is an excellent opportunity for us to take advantage of new technology and position ourselves for the future,” he said.

The council’s approval would authorize city officials to request proposals seeking the “best-valued system for a qualified vendor.”

The airport began expanding in 2012, adding 1,400 square feet to the facility’s two holding rooms and additional retail space. The second-floor common area was also expanded by 800 square feet.

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