Panasonic i-PRO Hid Huawei, Does Damage Control

By John Honovich, Published Aug 21, 2020, 08:29am EDT (Info+)

Panasonic i-PRO hid their usage of Huawei from the public, continues to refuse to let the public know what models use Huawei and has struggled with damage control through two dealer emails leaked to IPVM.

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Meanwhile, numerous government end users are caught in the middle as the NDAA blacklist went into effect expanding the prohibition of Huawei based products. This follows up our report: Warning: Panasonic i-PRO Deceives About NDAA Compliance.

Inside this note, we examine the leaked emails, Panasonic's problematic response, and how this reflects the company's greater challenges.

First ***** **** *********

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********* ********* *** ***** ******, ********* *-*** *** ************* *********** ** ***** ** ******** ** partners, ******:

** ***** ** *** ******** **** i-PRO-branded ******* *** **** *********. ** take **** ****** **** *********; *********, prior ** ********* *** *********, ** consulted **** ***

*******, *** ******* ** **** ** Panasonic ** ****, ******:

*** **** *** ******* ***** ****** to ********* ** ********** ********** *******. However, ** **** ********* ******* ******** of ***. *** *** ***** ************ its**** *,**** *, ********* *** *****************. *** *********** *********** ** *** language ** ***. *** *** *** implementing ***** ***** * ****** ** open ********* **** ******* ***** ******** and **************

********* **** **** ** ** ****** its **** ** ****** ************ ** saying **** **** ******** ** * private *****:

*** ***** ****** ******** **** ******** our **** ******* ******, ** ********* to *** ****, *** **** **** our *-*** **** ** ***% ***-********* by *** *** ** ***** ****

****, ** ******, ** ***. ** Panasonic ***** ******** **** ****** ** NDAA ********* **** ****** **** ****, given *** *** **** ** ******'* chips *** *** **** **** ** changing ***.

********* **** ********* **** ******* ******** this ** ****** ****'* *******:

********* *-*** **** *** ***** ********* to ** ******* ** “*********” *** to ** ******* ***** ******* *** opinion *** ************** ** *** ***

*******, ** ** **** ***** ** our ******, ** ***** *** ************ for *** ************* ********* ***** ******* the ****, ******* ****:

** * ******* *** ** *** item **** ********** ***** **** **** sell ** ******, **** **** ** unable ** ** ******** **** *** federal **********.

********, ** ***** *** ***** ********* competitors (********* ****, ********, ******, *****, etc.) *** *** **** **** ***** they ******** ****** ********* ***** ** not ** **** *********.

*******, *** ********* ***** *** *** provide * **** ** ***** ****** based ********.

Second ***** **** *********

*********, ********* ******** **** *** ********* because **** **** * **** *****, Panasonic **** ******* ***** ************* ****, starting:

***** ******* *** ******** *** ******** to *** ******* ** **** *** Tuesday, * ****** ** ****** ** and ******* **** ****** *** ***** specific *******.

***** ***** ******** **** ****** ********* is ******* ** *** ****, **** now ******* *** *** ******** ******** had ******** ** *** ******** ** Panasonic's ********:

***** ** *** ******** ****** ** the ***********, ** ***** ****** *** original ********** ********* **** **********. **** that ****, ** **** ******* *** value *** ******* *** ***** ** our ******** *** *** ******.

******* ** **** ****** ********* *** list ** *** *****, ********* ******* made ** ****** ****, ******:

**** *********** *** ******* ********* ** be ********* ******* **** ********-********* ****** and *** ****** ** *** *******. To ******** ****, ** *** ********* this *********** ** ** ******** ******* portal.

***** ********* *** ****:

*** ******** *** **** **** ******* authorized ********* *-*** ********

*******, **** ** **********, ** ****, as ********* ** ******* *** *** are ********* ****** ******* * ******* of ****** ** ***-**** ******** **** as*&* ***********:

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********* ******* ********** ****:

**** *** ******* *** **** ****, i-PRO *** *** ********* ** ******* the ***********.

*******, ** ******** ********** *** ********* refused. ** ** ******** ***** *** Panasonic ********* ** **** ****:

** ******* *******, *** ******* **** you ****** ********** *** *-*** ******** and *********. **** ** *** *** letter *** ****** ** *** *** we **** ****** ** ****** ************* with.

*****. ** *** * ********* ******** and **** ****** **** ********* ******* for ******* ** ** ********* ***** emphasizing **** ** *** * ********. Panasonic *********:

*** ** ***** ** ** **** and * **** *** **** ** you.

********* *** *** *** **** ** us.

Don't ********* *******

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******* ** *** ********, ********* ***** people ** **** ******** **** ******* to ********* ** ****** ***** **** inside:

** *** ******** *** *********, ***** is ** **** ** ********* * camera.

*** **** **** ** ** ********* decides ** **** ***, *** ** not **** ** ********* * ******. Everybody ****, *** **** ************.

******, *** ** ********** ***-************ ** ****:

***** *** *** ****** **** **** gave ****, *** **** ******* ***** insisting **** ******* ***** *** **** compliant. ** ** * ********** ****** will ******** ** ********* *** ****** until ********* ****** * **** ** all ****** *** **** ***** *** inside.

Dysfunction ** *********

*******, **** ** **** ** **********. Panasonic *** *** ***** ********** ******** for ***** *** ***** ** ****,*** *********, ** ****** ******.

*** **** ** **** **** *****. Panasonic ** **** ***** ** *** consensus **** ****** ********* ** ******. Indeed, *** ******* ****** **** ****** ago, **** *** ******* ******* ** eliminate ****** ********* ***** *** **** were *** **** ** ********** **** soon ******. ** *****, ************* *-*** ****-*** / **** ************** ** ****.

***********, **** *** * *****. ******** had * *****. *** **** ** they ***** *** **** ****** **** in * *****, **** *****, *** for ***** *** ****, ****** **** been ******* ***** **** ***** ********* products **** ****** ****** ** ** government *********** *** ***** ***** **** direct ********* ***** **** ** **, without *********** ***** *******.

Comments (4)

Apparently the FBI is a big purchaser of Panasonic. I wonder if they have responded and stopped buying Panasonic?

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According to GovSpend - the FBI purchased Panasonic cameras as recent as April, 2019.

In total, there are 159 PO's, with 40 separate Federal Agencies, that include Panasonic cameras. These date back to 2013 and are as recent as April 2020. Total PO's amount to $3.1 million.

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While GovSpend is a paid service - the Federal Procurement Database is free for the public to search. These PO's can also be viewed there.

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Very timely post as I just read an article in Security Sales in Integration Aug 2020.

"Panasonic i-Pro Rebrand marks refocus on Dealer Channel" by Rodney Bosch.

They are focusing on 3 verticals K-12, midsize municipalities (Transit agencies, airports), and public safety/law enforcement.

All of which I suspect will want to be NDAA compliant. Though as we have seen in a few recent posts K-12 in some areas seem to not be overly concerned with that.

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