Dahua Distributor Angered "Always Give Good News About Hikvision"By: John Honovich, Published on Aug 11, 2016
A Dahua distributor is angry that "IPVM always give good news about HIKvision while destroys Dahua."
I can understand the frustration, not of course because we 'always give good news about Hikvision', but because it is natural for people to focus on the negative things impacting themselves over others.
As a counterpoint, Hikvision is quite furious at us for posts in the past year including:
- Hikvision and the China Communist Party
- Hikvision Rejects Responsibility for Hacked Hikvision Cameras
- Hikvision Exec Simultaneously Chinese Government Security Leader
The Dahua distributor then falsely and, ironically given our coverage of Hikvision, declares that "HIKvision is one of IPVM sponsors."
IPVM has no sponsors nor advertisers and never has.
That noted, in this industry, I can certainly understand why someone would think first that coverage is dictated by payments. It is, after all, the typical way things are done (trade magazines, trade shows, distribution, etc.).
We built IPVM to make ourselves independent of manufacturers, as being a former manufacturer and integrator, I well understand the risks and problems of being tied to manufacturers.
This is why we can freely criticize anyone, e.g., just in the last month:
- Axis Hides Exploit Danger
- Arecont and SIA Failing Cybersecurity Efforts
- Anixter Touts Selling to End Users
It is certainly reasonable that not everyone is going to agree, especially when we criticize a product or company you are associated with. Others simply are far more tolerant to the problems we focus on analyzing and uncovering.
The Dahua distributor also criticized us for not being 'neutral'. I see an important difference between independent and neutral. Neutral, to me, is not taking sides at all, regardless of what one sees the evidence to be. That is not what we are. We are independent, and use that independence to fund our testing and research that supports the analysis and criticism we deliver.
Finally, we enjoy having people debate with us, as members can see in the comments. Not only does it deliver more value to other members, it exposes us to news and alternative ideas that we regularly incorporate into future testing and reporting.