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Gunshot detection system installed on UConn campus

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UConn at Storrs just installed the nation's first gunshot detection system at a university. (WFSB) UConn at Storrs just installed the nation's first gunshot detection system at a university. (WFSB)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut recently installed a gunshot detection system, which would be the first of its kind on a college campus.

As mass shootings continue to happen across the country, UConn at Storrs is using cutting edge technology to enhance campus safety. 

"I definitely like it. It definitely makes me feel very safe as a student here,” UConn student Thomas Tabur said. “I already feel pretty safe here. It's a great community but it definitely helps it."

The technology can detect gunshots and explosions, notify campus police, map a shooter's location and send a live video feed to officers' cellphones in less than two seconds.

It is also capable of sending alerts to UConn students, faculty, and employees.

"It's definitely cool because automatically they'll catch whoever or whatever is happening and they'll send it to all the resident halls and everything,” UConn student Jessica Olivar said.

While the university has not had a problem with shootings, it recognizes the military grade system could help campus security. It was donated by the UConn alumni who developed it.

"That's pretty awesome,” Tabur said. “It just shows what it takes to go to school here and everything."

The donation which includes the gunshot detector, two servers and video cameras is valued at $175,000. 

For more information on the system, click here

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