Q-Star Flashcam Examined

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 08, 2012

Monitoring criminal hotspots, where graffiti, drug transactions, and dumping are taking place is a common need of municipalities. However, this can be challenging as criminals often target areas where lighting is poor, and infrastructure may not exist.

One offering, the Q-Star FlashCam, is gaining traction, with multiple news releases highlighting its use. While the FlashCam does solve the issue of infrastructure, however, it presents an additional set of critical drawbacks. In this note, we look at these issues, compare to other solutions, and provide our recommendations for alternative solutions.

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