EZVIZ is Hikvision's P2P cloud offering. But is it more than just water vapor?
There are camera and camera kits on Amazon sold by EZVIZ.
$699 for 8 channel 1080p system is pretty cheap.
Recently it was reported that
During a tour of its vertical-focused exhibition space, a Hikvision staffer discussed the company’s EZVIZ suite of cloud-based DIY security cameras and related home automation products. The company said the portfolio will not be sold through the dealer channel and is instead marketed to consumers via Amazon and Sam’s Club.
So I talked to phone support. The guy was very hesitant / confused about why I asked about Hikvision. Clearly he knew who Hikvision was and was able to provide me with their phone number. However, my understanding is that he is at a call center and not at their office.
Obviously, Hikvision and Evziz are related but what they are doing with this setup is very peculiar. It's like they are OEMing themselves.
IT maybe the same corporate company, but separate business unit with separate P&L. Samsung Techwin is doing the same thing with their consumer line of security products, selling directly to retail channel. It has not hurt the professional channel as mush as they thought it would.
What's going on, the best I can tell, is that there are 2 Ezviz's now. There was 'Original' Ezviz which was cloud access offering 'built' into their products. And now there is 'New' Ezviz which is a 'self-OEM' brand being sold direct.
I'm thinking, after going thru the press releases in your China Ezviz link, that Ezviz started up no later than spring 2014, as a combined hardware and cloud offering. With their C2 baby cam and things like it.
Then, and this is a guess, not thinking thru that they would want to bring the brand to the u.s, but instead just wanting to add cloud to their pro products, they bundled the Ezviz cloud into recorders and the like.
Then somebody decided to expand Ezviz secretly into the u.s. with Ezviz branded hardware, even though they had clearly given everyone the impression that Ezviz was the cloud extension of Hik.
Why they thought they could get away with it for long, I'm not sure.
Hikvision is dedicated to helping your businesses succeed by providing you innovative products and personalized support. Together, we meet the wide range of needs your customers have, from entry-level to enterprise, in virtually every vertical market. We wanted to introduce you to our new sister company, EZVIZ Inc., and confirm that its presence will not disrupt your success in the security marketplace.
EZVIZ is a line of DIY consumer lifestyle products designed for residential use. Based in California, EZVIZ Inc. launched its product line in the United States on October 15. These products, which include cameras and recorders, are designed to compete in the quickly growing Internet of Things (IoT) market, joining other manufacturers as GoPro, Lorex, Dropcam, iBaby, and Nest. EZVIZ’s target customers are individual consumers rather than commercial users, which is reflected in its pricing strategy, marketing, and product positioning. The hardware, software, and operation structure of EZVIZ products are distinctly different from Hikvision products, which is due to intentional differentiation of the two product families.
In short, EZVIZ and Hikvision are two independent brands that focus on two different markets, are sold through two different channels, and are serviced by two separate support structures. Because video can be used for a variety of purposes in everyday life, both at work and in the home, convergence of video solutions used in professional and residential settings is occurring regardless of the introduction of the EZVIZ portfolio. Hikvision is committed to helping our dealers adapt to the everchanging security landscape and provide unique value to their customers.
To learn more about EZVIZ, visit www.ezvizlife.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.