The Nevada system of higher education, the Board of Regents, gave UNLV the green light to spend about $16.5 million on upgrading campus technologies.
The improvements have been on the wish list of students, staff, and faculty for some years, now.
“Safety is always important to the university, obviously with the recent October 1 incident,” said Ryan Doyle, IT Manager for UNLV’s Police Services.
Doyle says some of the main priorities when it comes to updates for the campus are adding new emergency phones and better security cameras; cameras the Fusion Center can access.
“We have surveillance cameras on top which gives 360-degree view of what happens around the phone as people are walking around the campus,” Doyle said. “We are able to keep track of that if someone presses the phone we immediately are able to identify whats happening in the area.”
Students around campus seem to agree with how the money is being invested.
“I think its good there’s a lot of people,” said Nick Barbarino, student. “We are not in a great neighborhood but a lot of people here at night; all these things that they are doing helps protect young people.”
“I think the money is going towards helping us be a more safe campus,” another UNLV student said.
Edna Wanene, on the other hand, says she would like to more lights around the campus.
‘It’s really uncomfortable walking at night time, especially on the dark side of campus cause there’s no light or anything,” Wanene said.
Doyle hopes the new technology will help students focus more on education.
“I think it’s going to help focus more on education and learning when students come to our campus,” Doyle said. “That’s their primary focus. Allowing us to have these conversations these new technologies allows them to take off the weight of other things they should not have to worry about.”
Another layer of security recently introduced to the campus is the Rebel Rides program. It’s designed to help students get to their cars and dorms safely.