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Press Release - Bus Camera Solution


District Intensifies Student Safety with New, High-Tech Surveillance Solutions

March 1, 2019 (Blue Jay, Calif.) – Rim of the World Unified School District is strengthening its student safety measures with innovative technology designed to monitor activity inside and outside of school buses. The District is proud to announce the installation of 29 new camera surveillance systems on 29 school buses and the integration of fleet management software to assist in providing safer travel experiences for students.

The high-tech surveillance equipment was purchased to capture and record potential incidents such as bullying, vandalism, weapons possession, assault and other events that could distract students from positive learning experiences.

“Rim of the World Unified School District currently has only a few cameras at school sites and none on our buses, so this will be an added layer of safety as we plan for increasing camera use and other safety measures across the district as our budget allows. REI has been a true partner on all levels, providing competitive pricing and workable solutions for the entire project, thus allowing all buses to be equipped with surveillance. We are excited to bring new technology to our transportation department,” says Michelle Murphy, Superintendent.

The camera surveillance systems and the accompanying ARMOR Software Suite for fleet management were purchased from REI, an Omaha, Nebraska-based design, engineering and manufacturing company specializing in transportation electronics. Each camera surveillance system is comprised of:

• two or four wide-angle, high-definition, color surveillance cameras
• a Wi-Fi-ready DVR (digital video recorder)

The District chose REI’s wide-angle, high-definition color surveillance cameras because of their expansive coverage areas. The wide-angle cameras cover larger areas than traditional cameras, offer the widest interior views available and are capable of capturing incidents between bus seats with high backs.

“The District ultimately saved money utilizing REI wide-angle cameras. Because of their larger coverage areas, we can monitor the same amount of space with fewer cameras. It’s a win-win for the District,” says Mark Malone, Information Systems and Network Specialist for Rim of the World Unified School District.

Each system’s Wi-Fi-ready DVR processes and saves the captured video footage to a hard drive within the DVR. The footage may be stored long-term, if desired, for proof of ongoing incidents. When integrated with REI’s ARMOR Software Suite, the DVR’s Wi-Fi capability enables the captured footage to be automatically transferred to the District’s server at preset times, when the bus is started or when it is returned to the lot.

Drew Batten, REI sales manager, adds, “ARMOR is a smart choice that will save the School District money and time with a host of customizable functions that may be managed wirelessly with a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Some of those functions include event-specific video download capabilities to eliminate long hours spent reviewing video, and diagnostic features to monitor and report on performance factors such as equipment health issues. REI is proud to partner with Rim of the World Unified School District for their commitment to safer environments for students.”

This supports the Rim of the World Unified School District’s focus for 2018-2019 on the High Performing School Standards – especially Safe Schools, Knowledge of Best Practices and Heart for ALL.