Most K–12 schools, especially large ones, employ school resource officers to guard school grounds, 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 too many feeds for SROs to monitor.
Enter the Rhombus R360 fisheye camera, designed with sprawling school district environments 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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The Rhombus R360 is easy to set up and comes with tools for attaching the small domelike device to a ceiling or wall, plus 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 both indoor and outdoor use. It supports Power over Ethernet, meaning that it needs only a single network cable to operate.
Also, because the camera’s software is configured via the cloud, nontechnical school staff can mount the new devices while IT teams work remotely to set them up.
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Rhombus R360 Offers High-Resolution Video
Once in place, the Rhombus R360 uses its 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 SROs watching the feed notice something suspicious, they can pan and tilt the camera and use the digital zoom for a closer look. The camera can provide high-resolution video in low-light conditions, and even has infrared illuminators to see people or objects up to 16 feet away in near-total darkness.
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The R360 comes with a 512-gigabyte microSD card that stores up to 30 days of video feeds inside the camera itself. Beyond that, it’s easy to set up a data dump to a cloud server 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 school building.
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 to 131 F
ONBOARD STORAGE: 512GB microSD card
DIMENSIONS: 5.1x5.1x2.3 inches