Ascendent reponds. We sent them an email over the weekend. The responded a few moments ago:
"Ascendent Technology Group Inc. custom builds to suit a variety of applications and our assembly and final fabrication take place inCanada. Our housings and mounts are built to meet our specifications in a variety of countries spanning three continents. The lenses we use are usually Japanese, sometimes Fujinon, and often other types depending on who can offer custom optics at lead times that work for us. We have lenses custom built for us to work with our ZLID. For standard applications we use Bosch, Panasonic, or make one based on a Fairchild imager when required to meet special requirements unless another camera is specified
Ascendent’s electro-optics are custom built to suit the application and every build is different so for you to come to the conclusion that it is someone else's product is unfounded. As with all products not every component is made by Ascendent (we do not make thermal or image cores or zoom lenses). If that is a criteria then based on that definition we do not manufacture and I have yet to find a company that does. Ascendent does however have custom components manufactured for us that make up a unique product while offering higher performance than our competitors. Ascendent does optics over 5000mm resolutions, up to 36mp, with multi sensors such as swir, thermal, active IR, visible with range finders on a gyro stabilized platform custom built for specific applications. To insinuate that Ascendent does not build its own electro-optic integrated systems is not only absurd but slanderous.
We custom build units (with certified Made in Canada status) ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 using components that we cannot even export to Korea and China due to ITAR restrictions. Yet you claim they are made there which is not even possible for many of the electro-optic products Ascendent makes. Furthermore, China is about 10 years behind in electro-optics technology.
(As a side note the Korean military and integrators in Korea are asking Ascendent to build them a solution because our lens manufacture in Japan suggested they use Ascendent. Of all the manufacturers they sell to they like Ascendent’s active IR the best and their lens is designed for Ascendent’s ZLID.)
I know you are very competent at reviewing CCTV and IP products but when it comes to defense and electro-optic technologies, judging by your statements I have to assume you have very little experience in this niche market. Otherwise, IPVMP offers a great service and suggest IPVM does reviews products that is within its expertise scope.
To clarify, some of Ascendent’s lower end and cost-effective products like standalone DVRs and eyeball cameras are not made by Ascendent (though final testing on many products and assembly is completed in Canada) Some of these products are manufactured in Korea and China but built to our specs. However, when it comes to the electro-optics and PC based DVRs those are all custom built to suit applications by Ascendent. We offer OEM services on those products and have done OEM for tier one brand names in the US for CCTV equipment.
Ascendent will not tolerate claims that its electro-optics are not manufactured in Canada and that we are simply resellers of products from China and Korea; that is slanderous and unsubstantiated.
Ascendent is not an IPVM member. This would appear to be an attempt to spread misinformation to damage Ascendent’s reputation in order to black mail Ascendent to join and pay the fee for IPVM; either that or an attempt to spread misinformation in order to bolster current IPVM members who may be threatened by Ascendent’s performance and ability to custom build.
Again Ascendent will not tolerate these unsubstantiated slanderous remarks particularly regarding our electro-optics in what is a clear attack on Ascendent’s good name. To continue to make unsubstantiated claims will result in legal action with punitive damages. This would be damaging to IPVM's reputation which I believe was originally built upon providing accurate reviews on products in markets in which IPVM was actually knowledgeable."