Strike a pose! New cameras fix security blind spots

360 degree cameras added to central gym, hallways

Old cameras were moved to locations that needed greater coverage, while the new cameras record heavily trafficked areas like the west wing.

D. Doyle

Old cameras were moved to locations that needed greater coverage, while the new cameras record heavily trafficked areas like the west wing.

Hunter Brown

As the year goes on, the staff of the school are always making improvements for the school for the people in the school. This year, like every year, the cameras are being updated and others are being added to get rid of the blind spots the security system has. 

“There are completely new cameras in the central gym, and one by the woodshop area,” assistant principal Tom Kempf

With the new cameras being installed, you might have noticed how different they look. For example, the camera by the woodshop area is shaped like a black box on the side of the wall. The reason for that is because, since it is on the wall, it is a 180 degree camera. 

“Some of the old cameras have also been updated. We used to have eight that were single view, and they would look across the room. Now they are replaced with 360 [degree] cameras,” Kempf said. “They get the whole field of view from two cameras instead of eight so that we could repurpose some of those cameras.”

The reason the school got new cameras and the old ones were updated is to get rid of the blind spots. There were no cameras in the central gym before and especially after school the games that were in the gym were not recorded by the security cameras. Some of the cameras before the update this year were only 180 degrees and now the cameras can see all around them. 

The reason the old cameras were updated is because they would always lose connection. 

“There’s always going to be new updates with the cameras all the time. There’s areas in the school I can think of that need them like the east gym,” Kempf said. “Right now, everything is visible but we can always make improvements.”

“I feel like the cameras could add a significant amount of change here at the high school from the bad behavior to the physical fights. This could be a turning point for the school,” senior Donovan Anderson said. 

With these cameras being updated and added, the school is getting rid of their blind spots and anything that they might miss in a certain area of the school. As the school year progresses, so does the technology and the school hopes to advance the technology of the cameras. They will always look for improvement and see if there is anything they cannot see.