The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a thriving, pre-eminent research university in Orlando, FL, and one of the largest universities in the country with more than 64,000 students and 12,000 faculty and staff. UCF is regularly recognized as one of the best universities for quality, access, impact and value. U.S. News & World Report has named UCF one of the nation’s most innovative universities, while Kiplinger’s ranks the school a best-value university. Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 212 degrees from its main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through its 10 regional locations. The 1,415-acre main campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation.
March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then shoot his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. UCF had cameras in the area where the incidenttook place, but first responders had no way of viewing it without being at the physical location of the actual video recorder, potentially putting themselves in harm’s way.
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