ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You may notice changes at the gates next time you visit the Marine Corps Logistics Base.
Officials say they'll make the base safer.
Security officers are using a new access control system called RAPIDGate to verify a person's identification before they enter.
The changes affect non-military personnel such as contractors and service providers.
A handheld device reads each new card quickly, cutting down on time spent in line without compromising security.
"It elevates the sense of security for the community that when they board the base, they know they're going to be safe," said MCLB Deputy Police Chief Sean Lamonzs said. "And from a Marine Corps perspective and DOD perspective, the safety of our personnel and its assets is in the forefront of everything that we do."
The change will not affect military personnel, DOD civilians, retirees, or military dependents.
Former base-issued contractor-vendor ID badges will be confiscated by May 1st.