Hikvision Brags Of Big Brother Chinese Surveillance Systems

Key to Hikvision's success is billions of dollars of Chinese government projects (one example here).

Hikvision explained how they work:

Among them, the first-tier cities have entered the so-called “third-generation safe city status,” whereby all devices are interconnected, all images are high-definition, and all parts of the cities are covered, leaving no blind spots.

“What this means is that, for example, when you walk on the street, you leave a trail that will all be recorded in the system. And, as these video data are high-definition, your physical traits can be recognized and analyzed,” [Hikvision] said.

That's a safe city or a totalitarian one?


A totalitarian one, by Western opinion, but that's just their culture and their mindset. Their emphasis is on the good of the society and the body politick, with very little emphasis on the individual. So it’s seen as a good thing “for the People”. “Individual” rights is just being selfish and probably suspicious. It's an ultra-conservative paradise, "If you don't have anything to hide then you should have nothing to worry about." Another way of looking at it is in some human interest news stories I’ve heard about China, you can criticize any Party member you want, but what you can't do, what is forbidden, is criticizing the Party, because the Party is the people, and whatever is good for the Party, who is the government, is good for the people.

But that’s just one Westerner’s viewpoint. I would welcome anyone who has lived or living in the region or from the region to comment please…….

That's consistent with what I have heard of China as well.

Nonetheless, Hikvision is now a major global force in the business and their mindset about how surveillance can and should be used is fascinating.

Hikvision is now a major global force in the business and their mindset about how surveillance can and should be used is fascinating.

Agree. Case in point, the following fluff:

I don't know about you but 'Kotoka International' doesn't look all that secure here, looking more like a back-dock looting in progress, than the 'highest accreditedation in the industry'.

How can they think this projects a favorable image?