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I have a client that has a nice large US flag on the exterior of his building.  He would like the public to be able to visit and take personal snapshots (aka selfies)  and have them posted on the Internet (did not specific automatic).  He has requested us to provide a solution.  I don't have any nice ways that I can come up with to accomplish this.  

Thoughts anyone?
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Webcam?  But they'll need to talk nicely to the people across the road from their wall.
Otherwise let them use their own phones, provide a free wireless hotspot and get them to use their hashtag for social media posts (and hope they don't abuse the bandwidth!)

You can build your own webpage using an IP Webcam and DynDNS or use one of a number of preconstructed site providers and these could also support advertising for your client
Look at EarthCam as an example of a package provider but if you have some basic web coding skills you can build a rudimentary webcam site simply.
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You have an ugly task.
I am thinking how I would do it.
I would try the hard way and inform my boss is not cheap.
I have seen sometimes places where people go on a certain spot, usually a nice 3D painting on the floor, and make their own photos for amusement.
So first thing you need a spot, a defined place where the building and the flag will enter nice in the background of the photos.
You need to mark that spot on the ground as a help for the people to know where the best place to take photos is.
Then you need a stand, a pillar or depending by the street and construction maybe a place across the street, the opposite building where you are allowed to mount the camera. It should be HD camera with zoom and tilt. It should be a place where you have power, if not you need rechargeable batteries +small solar panel. You need a protection for the camera, if it is not mounted high.
An important thing would be a monitor where the visitors could see themselves in real time before they push the button to take the photo. In the end you need that push-button.
If the camera, the monitor, the power and the push-button are embedded in one box/stand on the street probably you have to pay to be allowed to place it there.
Then a heavy-duty push-button attached to that box will not allow people to make selfies, so you need a second option.
Assuming you provide wireless internet in front of the building, because you need to communicate with the wireless webcam anyway, probably would be good to have a small PC inside the box instead of monitor and then the camera may be attached to the PC. Then you connect the push-button to the PC too and the PC to your wireless network. Then you just remote control that PC.
Then additional to the push-button you need a virtual push-button which anyone can access. It should be a short link on that monitor which access a webpage which allows zoom, tilt and pan of the camera and to snapshot the photo.
The camera should be driven by a piece of software which allows only the people present on the spot drawn on the ground to connect wireless to that PC/camera. It should be something like unidirectional range detection to filter the rest of the connection requests.
Or another idea: the stand should have also a heavy-duty keyboard which allows people to input the desire name. The photo should be made with a timer. You push the button and wait some seconds for the timer until the last person runs back in the spot. Or maybe with a gesture as trigger for photo.
Then you provide a webpage with all the photos taken and everyone can download the photos from last 7 days, after which will be automatically deleted or archived.
Just thinking with loud voice…
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Appreciate the thoroughness Viki!  I was afraid it was that complex as well.

I'm leaning towards the first comment at this point for which folks just to talk their own selfies, submit to a designated email and have them posted to a website by the client.
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It is a hard task.
Remains only suggestions at this stage.
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