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SLAC Security Systems Upgrades to Prioritize Ease-of-Use
Colloquium Today: Astronomy and Astrophysics for the Next Decade

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Monday - October 11, 2010

SLAC Security Systems Upgrades to Prioritize Ease-of-Use

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Location for the new SLAC Security Office. (Image courtesy the SLAC Facilities Division.)

Imagine a redesign of SLAC security systems that boosts convenience for lab staff and users: Alpine Gate availability 24/7, open user access to Building 901, or an automated gateway that recognizes your car license plate to let you pass through with ease. SLAC and the Department of Energy are partnering to bring these improvements and others to the lab's security systems. The goal is twofold: improve lab security while prioritizing ease-of-use for SLAC staff and users.

"The key concept is user-friendly security with 24-hour controlled access," said Chief Operating Officer Alexander Merola. "We will be using state-of-the-art highly effective automation and technology to allow transparent but effective security."

At SLAC's Main Gate, a license plate reader will give an automatic "green light" to cars registered to SLAC staff, users and regular contractors. Alpine Gate will be configured to allow 24/7 site entry to personnel with current badges. Proximity-triggered badge readers will automatically open the gate. Similar proximity badge readers will provide quick, secure entry to access-limited lab areas, such as server rooms and experimental facilities at SLAC's lightsources.

The current Gate 17 will be replaced with new gates closer to the areas that need to be controlled, allowing open roadway access to the Linac Coherent Light Source office building (Building 901) and experimental halls, which will use badge readers for entry. Access to the accelerator areas will be controlled by an automated gate at the Linac Sector 30 and a new gate near Building 901 on Pep Ring Road. Meanwhile, lab security and safety will get a boost from new, closed-circuit TV monitors in critical areas.  Read more...

Colloquium Today: Astronomy and Astrophysics for the Next Decade

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This afternoon at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC astrophysicist Roger Blandford, will present "Astronomy and Astrophysics for the Next Decade." During this colloquium, Blandford will present a discussion of the major scientific opportunities and outstanding questions over the whole field of astronomy and astrophysics, informed by the decadal survey. Exciting developments and issues involving planets, stars, galaxies as well as particle astrophysics and cosmology will be discussed.

Blandford is a native of England and completed his bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees at Cambridge University. Following postdoctoral research at Cambridge, Princeton and Berkeley he took up a faculty position at Caltech in 1976, where he was appointed as the Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Astrophysis. In 2003 he moved to Stanford University to become the first Director of the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology and the Luke Blossom Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences. His research interests include black hole astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational lensing, cosmic ray physics and compact stars. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the National Academy of Science.

On Monday, November 1, Stanford particle physicist Giorgio Gratta will present "Geology of Neutrinos."

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