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Bill bans government use of Chinese-owned Dahua, Hikvision cameras

A bill passed by the U.S. House bans the government use of Chinese video surveillance manufacturers Dahua and Hikvision.
Jun 5, 2018

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill late last month that bans the government’s use of Dahua and Hikvision security cameras.


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As reported by Security-industry trade publication IPVMThe Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, the manufacturers have ties to the Chinese government and concerns have risen in recent months about the security risks and network vulnerabilities associated with their products.

The bill, H.R. 5515, was introduced in the Senate this week.

Dagostino Electronic Services has never sold Hikvision or Dahua cameras and never will.

“Our customer’s security and our reputation are far more important than saving a few dollars,” DES Security Manager Mark Gillenberger said.

Dahua and Hikvision cameras are cheaper in comparison to commercial grade equipment and some integrators use them to win business.

In addition, the cameras are often rebranded and sold by other companies.

IPVM has a list of companies on its website that resell products from Dahua and Hikvision labeled as their own. Dozens of companies are listed and many are well-known:

Customers are advised to buy security products from trusted security system integrators like DES, who only use secure, commercial grade equipment from reputable manufacturers. Never purchase security equipment online or from big box stores that sell products under their private label.

RELATED: Hikvision cameras carry security risks, network vulnerabilities

At DES, our security professionals spend hours reading through trade articles and attending industry seminars.

“You can be sure that DES has done the homework before we recommend a product to our customer,” Gillenberger concluded.

Contact DES today at 1-800-864-4166 or for a no-obligation security evaluation.

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