The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of a large and robust transportation system, and is responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads, airports, and multi-modal alternatives to driving.
- 18,600 state highway lane-miles
- More than 3,600 bridge structures, including the four longest floating bridges in the United States • 47 safety rest areas
- 23 ferry vessels active in the largest vehicle-ferry system in the world
- 20 ferry terminals
- 23 million ferry passengers annually
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) needed to implement an electronic access control system to manage the access points at their service yards and other facilities. As a number of different parties have historically had access to the locations, a method to authorize and deny access was critical. In addition, a clear audit history of authorized users that had accessed the premises was required, and all of this was required within a finite, pre‑established budget and time line.
ASG conducted field surveys of the eight locations that had the highest priority for a controlled access solution. In addition, a series of requirement-gathering meetings were organized with the appropriate stakeholders from departments such as facilities management and information technology. From the requirements gathered, it was determined that ease-of-use and scalability for future needs were paramount for any solution that was to be offered.
An appropriate solution was identified, and ASG coordinated a site visit at another customer location in order to show WSDOT representatives the real-world view into the user-interfaces offered by the proposed system. These representatives were impressed by the usability and features offered by the solution, and decided to move forward.
ASG then developed a very aggressive completion schedule, beginning with the implementation of field and head-end equipment. The implementation also included stringent testing, validation, commissioning and user training.
A proven access control solution, and the issuance of new proximity access card credentials, was implemented at critical WSDOT locations. All of this was achieved within the pre-defined budget that had been appropriated by the WSDOT.