Oct 05 2023

Review: Gain a Comprehensive View to Protect Higher Ed Students and Staff

Designed to replace complex surveillance networks with multiple devices, this dome camera offers situational awareness in all directions.

The increasing frequency of ransomware threats and attacks have spurred colleges and universities to focus on cybersecurity defenses. However, physical security at higher education institutions is also a major concern and can be just as challenging.

Most universities, especially large ones, employ campus police, but they can’t be everywhere at once. Surveillance cameras may offer more visibility, but older models are designed to look only in one direction; even if placed on motorized mounts, they can still see only what is in front of them, limiting coverage. But installing multiple cameras looking in all directions creates a surplus of feeds for guards to monitor.

Enter the Rhombus R360 fisheye camera, designed with sprawling college campuses in mind. It’s made with a specialized lens that can look in almost all directions at the same time, enabling a single device to efficiently watch over an area that might have once required a dozen forward-facing cameras.

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Setup Is Simple with the Rhombus R360 Fisheye Camera

Easy to set up, the Rhombus R360 comes with tools for attaching the small, domelike device to a ceiling or wall and special brackets for mounting it on a pole or wherever a camera is needed.

The camera’s casing is waterproof and can withstand extreme high or low temperatures, making it suitable for indoor or outdoor use. No need for a power cable; with Power over Ethernet, the camera needs only a single network cable to operate.

Finally, because the camera’s software is configured via the cloud, nontechnical university staff can mount the new devices while IT teams work remotely to set them up.

Rhombus R360 fisheye camera


Improve the Monitoring of Colleges and Universities

Once in place, the Rhombus R360 uses a 12-megapixel image sensor to provide a highly detailed, full-color view of everything happening around it. The unique fisheye lens gives 180-degree views both horizontally and vertically.

If security guards watching the feed notice something suspicious, they can pan and tilt the focus and use the digital zoom for a closer look. The camera can provide high-resolution video in low lighting conditions, and it even has infrared illuminators that can be used to see people or objects up to 16 feet away in almost total darkness.

The R360 comes with a 512-gigabyte micro SD card that can store up to 30 days of video feeds in the camera itself. Beyond that, it’s easy to set up a data dump to a cloud server, so whatever the camera sees is saved for later reference.

The Rhombus R360 fisheye camera excels at monitoring everything around it and eliminates the need for multiple cameras. It would be a great addition to enhance the security of any campus.


Product Type: Fixed-mount panoramic security camera
Maximum Image Quality: Full-color feeds at 3008x3008 resolution
Power Connection: Supports Power over Ethernet, 9.9 watts
Operational Temperature Range: Minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit to 131 degrees.
Onboard Storage: 512GB micro SD card
Dimensions: 5.1x5.1x2.3 inches


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