#1, thanks for the feedback! I made this its own post.
Check this article with your military contracting officer. I called mine, and they had not received any type of notification related to stopping doing business with companies that sell these products.
While I am sure your military contracting officer knows more about day to day contracting policy, IPVM has been getting direct input from the US government about what the impending changes in US policy are going to be.
For example, in August 2018, the Communications Director of the House Armed Services Committee told us this was the intention of the legislation.
And in April 2020, DoD spokesperson, Lt Col Mike Andrews, told IPVM that this was the DoD's plan.
And this week, we obtained an official GSA document requiring contractors to remove Dahua and Hikvision equipment.
You are free to hope this will not happen in 1 month, contrary to repeated declarations from the US government and now direct guidance from the GSA but you are being foolish to criticize IPVM here.
I called mine, and they had not received any type of notification related to stopping doing business with companies that sell these products.
Maybe then this is a good opportunity for you to inform them on the legislation, and the security risks, of these products.
Are you selling "security" or are you just selling "equipment" to your customers?
Everybody knows that military contracting officers are perfect sources of all knowledge who never make mistakes or work with outdated information.
wow, so much for taking fact-based input - - seems like no one can disagree with IPVM on any topic without getting topics taking out of context. I understand that IPVM did get it right when referring to the government not purchasing these products for their own facilities. AND they will not do business with VARS that are wanting to sell these specific products to them. However, twisting up facts that imply that the government will not do business with VARs at all that sell these products outside the government or critical infrastructure is just not true and misleading.
Maybe ask the right questions from the DOD, being more specific and try hard not to twist their words nor their intent to regulate all sales of these products outside their own domains The DOD only cares about government and critical infrastructure for these products. .
I had a conversation with a government buyer that stated what IPVM stated. He said they were working on clarification because based on what he had read, he couldn't buy any surveillance equipment because everyone had use Hisilicon, Bosch or Dahua. He said he had reached out to Axis, Bosch, Pelco, Panasonic and all had said they did business with one of the three in the past.
100% correct or not. How many of us would no much about this topic without IPVM reporting on it and dissecting the bill as best they can with the information they are provided. At least here you know you are getting some of the best information you can get. If they do get something wrong they are quick to disclose and fix.
My biggest question is why would you want to continue to sell these products to non-government customers if you are doing work for the government. Why take the chance with your government contracts.