Cam 'bots were basketball-sized robots used by the majority of the media broadcasting on the Cortex. They were also used by the Union of Allied Planets as a discrete method of surveillance. Cam 'bots cost around 720 credits, or 1,600 platinum.
In the Core worlds, cam 'bots were omnipresent, drifting overhead on a suspensor field searching for breaking news or monitoring a particular area. Most news stations had hundreds of cam 'bots deployed at any given time. Technicians monitor the 'bot's feed, taking control in the event of a breaking story.
Alliance police forces also maintained their own fleet of officially identifiable cam 'bots. It was against the law to tamper with an Alliance cam 'bot, however, that did not stop malicious youth gangs and hackers.