GEOVISION is NOT an OEM.
Rather a company which is contemporary to a whole bunch of companies founded in Taiwan in the 90's that focused heavily on making better electronics and software user interfaces than PRC (Mainland China).
Also better international sales support from their staff (many studied abroad and could easily speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, etc. that in some cases was not that distinct from a native speaker) than any chinese company could offer at that time and that helped them to gain a huge market share in Europe and Latin America.
AVERMedia (Founded 1990), AVTECH (1996), GEOVISION (1998), VIVOTEK (2000), NUUO (2004). Even though AVERMedia was founded earlier, they where more famous for their PC TV-Tuner cards, rather than security DVR Capture Cards for surveillance. And AVTECH focused more on the classic standalone Linux DVR for any vanilla-flavor analog camera.
GEOVISION and lately NUUO as well, focused more on the Microsoft Windows 98/XP/7 platform: to make security software that would run on most PC desktops and make every PC essentially a DVR and make it "not dirt-cheap so as to keep their quality standard and Very-Well-Made in Taiwan" slogan; but make it affordable to a majority of integrators so that they can still earn a decent margin of profit as well (unlike other American and European more expensive brands). And they've been doing so with their IP Megapixel and FishEye cameras as well.
Now, with HIKVISION, DAHUA and other Chinese OEMs price war pressure, they are launching a cheaper entry level line of IP cameras along with Linux-embedded NVRs to compete.
I think their products are like most Taiwanese brands: targeting in-between a mid-level to high market, not the MOST expensive nor the cheapest choice either, with a decent sales support and profit margin for the installer, and less headaches for the installers than some "chinese OEM piece of electronic junk" that you can buy from a company in Shenzhen or online via Alibaba.
For an analogy in the PC industry, think:
- Linksys/Belkin -versus- CISCO Home Routers.
- Genius -vs- LOGITECH Mouse & Keyboards.
- ASUS/MSI -vs- INTEL Motherboards.
- QNAP/Synology -vs- LaCie/Western Digital NAS Storage.
- AOC -vs- SAMSUNG/SONY LCD monitors.
IMHO: You, as an installer, can save on the extra-premium for the heavy marketing/advertising that other brands spend for brand awareness and still get a decent working electronic surveillance product.
Of course, as I've always said: if the customer is willing to pay premium price for CISCO, just give them CISCO. If not, then offer them BELKIN, TrendNet, D-LINK, TP-LINK, etc. Period !!...