I am looking to understand Honeywell IP video and VMS linepup better. I see Honeywell's name is on the the Hikvision OEM list. I was told point blank by a rep that they do not use Hikvision any longer. They now use Dahua as an ODM not an OEM.... Does that specifically mean they design the hardware (to the board level) and Dahua manufactures it? Who writes the drivers for the hardware? I am asking about the IP cameras. Is there a distinction between OEM / ODM as it applies to the government ban? I fully admit I have not done much research on this... but if Hik or Dahua participates in the manufacturing of a product at any level wouldn't/shouldn't that be considered a banned product? Again - sorry if this has been discussed ad nauseam already.
Their big push (advantage?) seems to be integration with their access control product. I no little to nothing about access control. From what I gather, their access and fire products are very good. Therefore in some instances this integration is at least necessary if not the driving factor for winning the project. But for projects that are a step down from full enterprise integration - how does Honeywell's VMS product compare to others - like Milestone or Exacq? I am speaking about the Maxpro product not the NVRs. From a pricing standpoint they seem to be far more expensive. I assume MaxPro is organic Honeywell code? Any feedback here? How easy is it for the end user? I did find a review here on MaxPro from 2012, so I assume that is dated. I did not see them on the recent Favorability report and not not really included in much testing. I am not sure what conclusion to draw from that. My gut tells me that if there is no integration with fire or access they are not used often for a VMS.
Sorry for the long post. I am trying to understand where there IP video product falls into the current landscape. Thanks in advance for any/all constructive feedback.