Product Comparison and Selection Guide
We offer three different products so people often wonder what is the difference between them and which product(s) are right for them. This guide should help you make a better selection based on your needs. It should also be noted that ALL of our products can be used together.
There are two main types of cameras drivers will encounter.
First is Automatic License Plate Reader Cameras, or ALPR for short. These cameras directly read and store license plate data without any human effort. ALPR cameras almost always operate exclusively in the infrared spectrum, and usually on a very narrow wavelength. They may have a secondary color camera, but this camera only services to capture a wide angle vehicle photo. It does not read the license plate and only snaps after the IR camera obtains a reading. ALPR cameras are usually used on Police vehicles, highways and tollways. They represent a real threat to personal privacy.
Second is flashed based enforcement cameras. These cameras act remarkably similar to a normal camera. They use a high powered flash to capture an image of a vehicle's license plate. These are mostly used for red-light and speed enforcement. The image is used as evidence of a violation and a citation is then mailed to the vehicle owner. These cameras are usually operated by third party for-profit companies, such as Redflex, that receive a portion of the payment. Because revenue, not safety, is usually the main focus of these systems, jurisdictions will often shorten yellow-lights to generate more violations. consequently, with few exceptions, accidents and injuries almost always increase when these systems are installed. Some flash cameras will use ALPR as well to save manpower. However, many companies use employees to manually review the photos.
Lets start with our LED based Stealth Anti-Tracking Privacy Frame
This product uses high powered Infrared Light to confuse infrared based ALPR or Automatic License Plate Reader Cameras (Number Plate Readers in Europe).
Advantages: Since no part actually covers the plate it is legal in practically all areas. It also provides some protection against non-ALPR red-light/speed cameras making it a good all-around product. Fits practically all license plate sizes around the world. Cheaper than our IR-Invisible Plate Cover.
Disadvantages: Installation requires wiring it into the vehicle's electrical system, not as effective as our IR-Invisible Plate Cover (Effectiveness averages 67%). Effectiveness is effected by outside lighting conditions.
Next is our IR-Invisible Plate Cover
This product acts as an Infrared filter, filtering out 95% of IR light while allowing in 99% of visible light.
Advantages: Very effective against ALPR Cameras (90%+). Easy installation. Very discreet and barely noticeable.
Disadvantages: May not be totally legal in all jurisdictions. Provides nearly no protection against non-ALPR flash based cameras. Only available in standard USA/Canada/Mexico car/motorcycle and Europeans car sizes.
Lastly, our PhotoDefense Plate Cover
This product uses a cover with thousands of microscopic polished glass beads that creates a highly reflective surface that overexposes flash based camera images.
Advantages: Very effective against flash based cameras (72% on average). Easy installation. Some protection against ALPR cameras (30% on average).
Disadvantages: May not be totally legal in all jurisdictions. Only available in standard USA/Canada/Mexico car/motorcycle and Europeans car sizes.
In conclusion, we only recommend the Stealth Anti-Tracking LED Frame if you live in a State or Country that absolutely prohibits any license plate covers whatsoever or our products are not available in your size.
For ultimate protection we recommend a combination of our IR Invisible and PhotoDefense covers. They work beautifully together and will provide the best protection available.