Hikvision Removed From US GSA SalesBy: John Honovich, Published on Jan 31, 2017
The US Government's GSA has removed Hikvision manufactured products for sale following IPVM's criticism of Hikvision being listed as 'Made In USA'.
In December 2016, over 1,400 Hikvision products were listed and available for sale to the US military, US federal agencies, US state governments, etc. In particular, two Hikvision re-sellers were selling hundreds of Hikvision products and falsely categorizing the Chinese government owned manufacturer's products as 'Made In USA'.
Now, those Hikvision manufactured products have been removed.
Remaining on the GSA are only a few products that are labelled Hikvision but listed under a different manufacturer 'UNITED DGITAL' / 'United Digital Technologies.
The GSA initially responded to an IPVM inquiry a few weeks ago:
The [Hikvision] products offered by Global Data Center were refurbished in the United States, and therefore are TAA compliant products. We take Supply Chain Risk Management very seriously and we thank you for the information. We will look into it accordingly.
The refurbishment claim made little sense on many levels - even if the models were refurbished, such a move would only restore them to their original state, not transform it; such refurbishment could not reasonably be verified and would therefore be an easy loophole for unscrupulous sellers; and finally that it would not be feasible to have hundreds of different refurbished models available, including 'refurbished' Hikvision brackets, one of the many listed models.
In the past two weeks, however, the GSA has removed those thousand plus Hikvision parts / models. The GSA responded to IPVM's request for comment but said they needed approval from their communications team to make a statement. Such approval has not been provided. We suspect they discovered that the 'refurbishment' claim was groundless.
The USA GSA should be commended for removing Hikvision products and Hikvision should be aware that IPVM shall continue to monitor for such abuses. The sale of Hikvision, Chinese government owned manufacturer's surveillance equipment, is a risk to the US government.