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Board of Trustees approves wireless upgrade, security service contract

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The Illinois State University Board of Trustees has approved funding for a project to upgrade wireless coverage in University residence halls and renewed a contract for unarmed security services.

The Board authorized $1.8 million in residence hall reserve funding for hardware, software, and related costs to upgrade wireless coverage in residence halls. The current wireless infrastructure in residence halls is nearly 10 years old and is no longer able to meet student demand for connectivity. Once completed, the new system will be capable of handling a ten-fold increase in network traffic.

Board members also approved a three-year contract extension with Securitas for an unarmed security force. The estimated cost of the contract extension is $1.9 million, with funding coming from general revenue and auxiliary facilities system operating revenues. Illinois State began its original contract with Securitas in 2012. The security services provided include campus foot patrols, reporting incidents to the University Police, locking and unlocking exterior doors, and conducting routine security checks in campus buildings.