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Challenge Primary Entry Protection
Primary Entry Protection
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 647
Posted: Jun 10 2016
Challenge ID: 9933553
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Most government facilities utilize a dual door entry system where once a person enters the exterior door they must wait for it to close and lock before the interior door is open.  This system prevents unauthorized personnel from “tail gaiting” authorized personnel to gain access to a building.  This access control system is known as a “man trap, sally port, or access control vestibule” and is highly effecting in increasing a buildings security.   To further increase protection to higher risk facilities Forced Entry, Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) doors are utilized to harden the access control vestibule.  These FE/BR doors can weigh up to 600 lbs. and are installed to mitigate effects of ballistic, manual, and in some cases explosive attacks.

The doors on either side of the access control vestibule (see figure 1) are affected by the air pressure inside room.  When one of the two doors are opened an increase in air pressure occurs inside the vestibule and sometimes prevents the open door from closing in a timely manner or latch correctly.  This not only increases the time for unauthorized personnel to gain access to the doors, but could increase the effects of an explosive blast on the exterior of the building.  A reverse issue is a decrease in air pressure can occur when a door is opened and causes the doors configured in the vestibule to slam shut.  HVAC can also affect the pressure inside the vestibule make doors harder to open.  

This Challenge is looking for a system or modification that will mitigate the change in air pressure (increase and decrease) to allow the FE/BR doors to properly shut and latch, open within force standards, and close at a safe speed when configured in an access control vestibule.  This system or modification can’t reduce the FE/BR door’s or surrounding wall’s ability to mitigate attacked manual, ballistic, or explosive attacks.


Current access control vestibules utilizing (Forced Entry, Ballistic Resistant) FE/BR doors experience a change in pressure when one of the two doors is opened/closed.  This can cause an increase to the time it takes for the door to close and also interfere with the doors ability to latch correctly.  A lot of time is wasted waiting for the door to close/latch or having to physically assist the person entering. The Seeker is looking for a system or modification that can be integrated into existing access control vestibules to allow doors to close in a timely manner and latch correctly without reducing the facilities physical security protection. 


The Department of States Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Every diplomatic mission in the world operates under a security program designed and maintained by Diplomatic Security.   Operating from a global platform in 31 U.S. cities and more than 160 foreign countries, DS ensures that America can conduct diplomacy safely and securely. DS plays a vital role in protecting 275 U.S. diplomatic missions and their personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.


Participants must certify they do not have identical or essentially equivalent work funded by another Federal agency.

Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate. A Federal employee acting outside the scope of his or her employment should consult his or her ethics official before participating in the Challenge.

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This Challenge is open to all others not excluded above.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solution for the award.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 24, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered.

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