OMAHA, Neb. — REI’s new, low profile, recessed camera is designed to help prevent head injuries, company officials said.

Historically, cameras mounted in school buses have protruded several inches from the ceiling, according to the supplier, creating a serious risk of head impact by passengers. To address this hazard, REI introduced a camera that only extends 1 inch from the ceiling and creates a safe passenger zone.

REI’s recessed camera meets amendment changes to school bus specifications in the state of Iowa. The supplier cited Iowa Administrative Code, Education [281] Ch. 44, page 18 sec. 44.3(39) i (6-11-14): “Camera heads shall not extend more than 1” from the ceiling and shall have rounded edges as much as possible.” Other states are expected to follow suit, prompting an immediate resolution for passenger safety, company officials said.

Other features of the camera include adjustable viewing angles, high-resolution color and intelligent IR technology designed for viewing footage clearly day or night. A tamper-proof design allows for maximum safety and accountability of drivers and passengers, according to the company.

The camera can be mounted in a variety of locations throughout a bus. Two lens sizes are available: 2.8mm and 3.6mm.