Hikvision OEM Directory

By IPVM Team, Published Jun 03, 2021, 10:40am EDT

The PRC government-owned and US-government banned Hikvision is the world's largest video surveillance manufacturer and generally hidden provider to many Western companies.

Updated for 2021, this directory includes 90+ of those companies with a graphic and links to company websites below and 20+ that have dropped Hikvision in the past few years.

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It does not cover all Hikvision OEMs as most hide the association and we have only listed ones we have verified by examing shipping records, product documentation or testing products.

If you have feedback on this list or others to add, email us at info@ipvm.com or leave a comment below.

Here is the directory with links:

Additionally, Hikvision has sub-brands including HiLook and HiWatch.

Note: There are certainly far more Hikvision OEMs than this list as our information sources are primarily North American based and even within North America, surely there are some others not yet listed. Email us at info@ipvm.com or leave a comment with more suggestions.

Alarm.com Feedback

Alarm.com had the following feedback on their Hikvision OEM products:

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We are actively developing a premium camera line that will give our customers new options.

They did not give timelines for release of this new line.

Anixter / Northern Feedback

Anixter reached out to us with comment on their Northern brand, pointing out that IP product is no longer Hikvision OEM and although TVI product is, it is being phased out. They have not received a shipment from Hikvision in over 18 months and remaining TVI stock is mainly for warranty replacements.

OpenEye Feedback

OpenEye commented that they use two models of Hikvision-manufactured appliances for their entry-level recorders, but both run OpenEye firmware and use a Linux version managed by OpenEye, not Hikvision. They also indicated they are actively pursuing NDAA compliant alternatives to these lines, and that all of its other recording appliances, NVRs, and cameras, are already NDAA compliant.

3xLogic / Stanley

3xLogic told IPVM that they moved away from Hikvision for all new projects in the past 1-2 years. Shipments from Hikvision are only for warranty stock for existing customers, not new installation. All of their new product is NDAA compliant.

Removed / Former OEMs

We removed 20+ suppliers from this list as of 2021, as a number have stopped selling cameras, changed OEMs, or gone out of business.

For those who have stopped OEMing Hikvision, no other manufacturer stands out as the most common OEM, with various companies moving to Dahua, Uniview, TVT or Raysharp.

Good or Bad?

Whether OEMing is good or bad depends on one's perspective.

On the positive side, Hikvision is the largest video surveillance manufacturer globally so that is seen by many as a source of strength to OEM from Hikvision.

On the negative side, Hikvision is owned by the Chinese government and has a poor cybersecurity track record and now is US government banned, so many are concerned about that.

How To Tell

A few techniques can help verify if your provider is using Hikvision OEM equipment.

Shipping Records

Shipping records often show that a company OEMs from Hikvision. For example here is a series of shipments to Stanley company 3xLogic:

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And here is 7 tons going to NACE, the parent company of SecurityTronix:

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However, many OEMs do not get shipments directly from Hikvision in China or hide their shipping records so all will not show.

MAC OUI Lookup

The MAC address OUI of an IP camera or recorder often will report as Hikvision even though it is sold, e.g., as ADI W-Box. Here is a such an example:

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Here is a MAC OUI lookup tool so you can check your own devices.

However, more sophisticated OEMs will have Hikvision assign their own MAC address OUI to mask the origin, so this is not universal.

Web Interface Similarities

Typically, Hikvision OEMs use the same fundamental web interface as Hikvision with mostly cosmetic changes (logo, colors, button placement, etc.). The video below demonstrates this with a comparison of Hikvision's web interface and ADI W-Box's:

Discovery Tool Connectivity

Most Hikvision OEMs will connect just like Hikvision devices to Hikvision's SADP tool and even to third party VMS, e.g., here is an Interlogix TruVision camera which is discovered using Hikvision's SADP.

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Interior Labeling

If you open up a Hikvision OEM camera, typically there will be a Hikvision component modeling number, e.g., below is a Hikvision branded board and a Hikvision OEMed by Tri-Ed Northern that will not be found inside other manufacturers:

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The 'DS' labeling is for digital / IP cameras. For more on this, see: How Hikvision Beats Its OEMs.

Other Directories

See also Dahua OEM Directory and Uniview OEM Directory.

Feedback / More Submissions

If you have feedback on this list or others to add, email us at info@ipvm.com or leave a comment below.

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Any chance of a Huawei SOC chip document like this?  I know it would be much more difficult to compose but would be interesting to see.

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Steve, it's a good point. We are working to put this together. Thanks.

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One simpler way is to use NMAP which is able to with good probability tell you the Linux version of an IPC device. HiSilicon never updates their Linux versions and so can be a good indication of solution.

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How would NMAP results be specific and unique enough to indicate HiSilicon versus other chip usage? Is the assumption there would be a unique set of open/closed ports for HiSilicon vs other chips?

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Nmap does more than check for open and closed ports. It does fingerprinting of the TCP and UDP packets to guess the vendor, OS, OS generation, and device type. See the OS Detection part of Chapter 15 in the Nmap Reference Guide and Chapter 8: Remote OS Detection.

That said, I don't think HiSilicon specifically would be one of Nmap's 2,600 known OS fingerprints. But as UM#2 said, you could check for old Linux versions (which there are fingerprints of). I don't know how good an indicator that is of HiSilicon, but you could use it with other indicators to give a percentage chance that a given device uses HiSilicon.

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#3, thanks, that's helpful! I am not sure when or if we'll try this out but that is good to know and something we will consider if we try such an approach.

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I also recommend Download Nessus | Tenable®

This can use free for 16IPs and will do a more comprehensive list of vulnerabilities on devices, and looks like can identify the Core OS better than NMAP, as well as offer up CVE issues with what it finds.

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You left out Eagle Eye. They use Hikvision throughout their Cloud solution. But, never mention the IP Cameras used in their product offering. Another company concealing the actual supplier of their IP Camera supplier.

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Checking US import records, it indicates Sunell is supplying for Eagle Eye, see below:

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I don't sell eagleeye because of their repeated proud marketing of their integration with hik.

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Please add Sharp(Japan) is also OEMed by HIK.

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Hyundai Security and Videoteknika have been added. We are still checking on others. Thanks.

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Update: Technomate has been added in.

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We've added a few more to the list, submitted by a member, all Japanese companies:

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We've added Ellipse Security to the list. Currently 79 OEMs listed.

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Does anyone know if there are different firmware versions for all of these OEM models? Or some commonality or almost all OEM models use the same firmware? I do know that OEM models cannot (As in intentionally block, apparently, and I don't mean initially Chinese market cameras hacked to use English firmware.) use firmware upgrades for Hikvision branded models.

Also, it appears that some OEM models have lower frame rates than the Hikvision branded equivalent. Anyone have further info on this or any other OEM crippling/limitations?

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Of course you'll need to attempt to get a straight answer from your OEM... However I can tell you from my experience that when G4 was still selling Dahua we had our own firmware versions for the Dahua units. They were mostly the same as Dahua's official firmware, but they had a special key/handshake to work with our OEM mobile Application. Eventually we did start finding some differences in our firmware versus the official Dahua firmware that we didn't choose.

These got a little more egregious closer to the time that they were launching "Dahua USA" and selling direct to everyone's customers, of course. I know that we had similar issues with Hikvision about 8 or 9 years prior to that (early 2000s) when we were selling Hik, however I was not in a major position at the company during the Hikvision years, I just know what the founder/owner has told me verbally.

I can't speak to Hikvision's current practices, other than to say that this is a very common thing in our experience of selling all of the major Chinese brands. Many OEMs can pick and choose features they want to remove from firmware, to keep tech support costs down (very hard to get them to add anything that HiSilicon hasn't already added to the SOC).

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In this case the vendor/OEM is so small as to not even make this list. Based on my interactions with them they have no clue. I had to answer all the questions I previously had on my own.

For example the audio capability is mono only, but the 3.5mm physical input jack is a stereo version with left and right signals tied together. (?!) This means if you try to use a mono cable with a 3.5mm male mono end coming from your external microphone, you will ground the signal and thus get no audio. It appears that this is also true of Hikvision branded models using a 3.5mm female input for audio. For the Hikvision branded model that I bought later on I used a stereo cable from the start.

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Does anyone know if there are different firmware versions for all of these OEM models?

The firmware is technically different, i.e., a different build. The question becomes how much is actually different. On a source lines of code basis, it's probably something like 99.99% the same.

Anyone have further info on this or any other OEM crippling/limitations?

OEMs, depending on their size, can request some level of customizations, most commonly superficial branding changes and disabling specific features they do not want.

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On a source lines of code basis, it's probably something like 99.99% the same.

My working theory as well, with the key/handshake Zachary mentions being what forces the lock from OEM to branded versions. I found a forum that claimed about 6 years ago that all OEM firmware was being merged. Old news and no way for me to independently verify (Maybe very doable for IPVM....), but it does seem it would be unwieldy for Hikvision to maintain 70+ different versions of firmware. Given their inability to even describe some firmware features accurately, even having 70+ different keys only would be very difficult.

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Matrix Security Solutions has informed us that they have terminated their Hikvision OEM partnership this year. We've updated the directory to reflect this.

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2M CCTV is no longer OEMing Hikvision, instead selling Hikvision, Dahua and Longse. The directory has been updated to reflect this.

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We've updated the OEM list with 2 new entries, them being Acegear and Aukoo Technologies.

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Update: 2M CCTV has now labelled the Hikvision products as NDAA banned and will stop selling them:

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Added 7 companies that are relabelling/OEMing Hikvision Thermal cameras:

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Update: Gess Technologies has been added to the Hikvision OEM list & graphic.

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Hi - I saw the Dahua OEM list was recently updated. Will the Hik one be too?

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Can you put together a list of companies that sell Made In USA with Made In USA components cameras?

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"Can you put together a list of companies that sell Made In USA with Made In USA components cameras?"

Agreed, yes please.

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That will be a really short list.

Or a very long list of BS.

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Didn't Interlogix essentially go out of business?

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We have a report on that topic: Interlogix Shutting Down

UTC said then that the move only impacted North America, but the brand would still exist in other regions.

Yes, Interlogix is impacted in the US and Canada. Interlogix in other global regions, including Europe/Middle East/Africa, Australia/New Zealand and Latin America will continue indefinitely. Product lines are managed and offered on a regional basis. Yesterday’s announcement pertains to Interlogix US and Canada only.

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Ah right, I forgot it was just a North American thing.

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CORRECTION: We have removed Safety Vision from this directory, as they have transitioned away from Hikvision.

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DMP! You should be ashamed of yourselves. Get yourselves off this list. I expect more from you.

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Update: added Detec and GSS based on reader emails. Any others, email us at info@ipvm.com or leave a comment below.

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RVi is no longer Hik OEM.

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Update: Anixter reached out to us with comment on their Northern brand, pointing out that IP product is no longer Hikvision OEM and although TVI product is, it is being phased out. They have not received a shipment from Hikvision in over 18 months and remaining TVI stock is mainly for warranty replacements.

We've updated the report with that comment.

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Can you confirm that Stanley/3xLogic is no longer using Hikvision. Maybe that large shipment at the end of last year was to have enough stock for the transition to the new product line?

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Sorry for the delay, UI9, I actually thought we had removed them. I just updated the graphic and list of links. We had conversations with 3xLogic about their sourcing and they only stock the Hikvision OEM product now for warranty replacement for existing customers, no new projects.

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