Hikvision Barred From US City Housing Authority BidBy John Honovich, Published on Feb 14, 2017
A US city's housing authority has barred Hikvision products from their bid, due to 'increasing security concerns.'
In the past few months:
- Hikvision has been removed from a US Embassy
- Hikvision has been expelled from Genetec, quarantined to a newly created 'restricted' cyber security risk category
- Hikvision's online service suffered a major security vulnerability and then was abruptly discontinued
- Hikvision's CEO took the unprecedented step of publicly denying backdoors
While RFPs sometimes require a certain manufacturer(s), to have an RFP explicitly exclude a single manufacturer is atypical.
On the plus side for Hikvision, the city of Pawtucket has only ~70,000 people, so the direct revenue impact is trivial. However, any trend where municipalities start barring Hikvision would be a significant blow to the company's hopes of dominating the market.
For now, Hikvision continues to disrupt the industry with their go-to move of cutting prices again and again, this time slashing prices 40% on their new kits.
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