TSU moving forward with plans to upgrade emergency call boxes on campus

Contractors install an updated emergency call tower with cameras in the visitors parking lot at...
Contractors install an updated emergency call tower with cameras in the visitors parking lot at Tennessee State University.(Alexis Clark/Tennessee State University)
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 5:03 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Tennessee State University is moving forward with a three-phased plan to upgrade the emergency call boxes on campus and in parking lots, the university announced Monday.

The call towers are part of a safety system that is utilized to call the TSU Police Department in case of an incident or emergency on campus.

Marleh Green, the Assistant Director of Renovation and Construction for the university, said the upgrades are necessary to continue ensuring campus safety for everyone.

“One of the enhancements we are making with the towers, we are putting cameras on them,” Green said in a news release. “The towers are important for the safety and security of the students, staff and visitors to the campus.”

As part of phase one, the university replaced the cameras located on campus building and said several will be equipped with a public address system. Phase two includes replacing call towers in the parking lots surrounding the campus. Green added that “360″ cameras, capable of rotating in a full circle, will be placed on these towers.

Currently there are 26 towers on campus. Phase three of the project will add at least 10 more call boxes.

Dr. Curtis Johnson, associate vice president and chief of staff, said the additional towers will be in locations that provide comprehensive coverage for safety.

“Our plans are to strategically place them where you can see the blue lights from almost every campus location,” Johnson said in a news release. “You will see the towers and now where they are, versus trying to find one at every building.”

Johnson said this has been an ongoing project and reiterated the importance of safety for the students and hopes to have the installations complete before homecoming Oct. 2.