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The Department of Campus Safety oversees an Internet Protocol (IP) video camera system which provides video images of various campus locations. The video system utilizes the campus Information Technology Service's fiber network to transmit data to Information Technology Services, which may then be accessed by Campus Safety personnel. The initial installation, which was completed in 2010, was designed with input from the Student Senate Safety and Services Committee, Information Technology Services, and Facilities Services. The installation expanded on a small freestanding analog camera network that had been installed at the Fitness Center in 2005; that system had no network capabilities. During the 2010 IP camera installation, the analog system was added onto the campus fiber network.
The majority of the cameras are fixed focus high definition (HD) cameras which do not possess pan, tilt, or zoom (PTZ) features. The units were installed primarily at the campus perimeter to capture images in parking lots and near emergency telephones. The network was expanded in 2011 to include Seymour Hall-a building with 24-hour access-and Post Hall. In 2015, camera coverage was added for Old Main and Alumni Hall. Cameras were also added to the new Whitcomb Art Center when it opened in 2017.
While the cameras are not specifically monitored on a 24/7 basis, they have provided the capability to locate and retrieve useful images on or near the campus perimeter as a result of data reviews by officers. The installation of the Video Camera System has underscored the Department's desire to improve the delivery of safety services to the Knox Community.