French National Police Buy 10,400 Hikvision Body Cameras

Author: Charles Rollet, Published on May 31, 2018

France’s national police forces bought 10,400 Hikvision body cameras earlier this year, in a high-profile deal that’s coming into effect as the US Congress considers legislation banning Hikvision’s products from government use due to espionage and cybersecurity fears.

In this note, we share details from Hikvision's French partner Allwan Security, consider the security concerns, and examine how Hikvision's body camera expansion could impact this market segment and its most well-known provider Taser / Axon.

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