Georgia Integrator Defends 70 Hikvision Fever Camera Install

By Robert Wren Gordon, Published Aug 24, 2021, 10:27am EDT

The owner of the Georgia integrator who sold 70 Hikvision fever cameras which were recently shut down spoke to IPVM at length and explained what happened, from his perspective.

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Inside this note, Billy Ray Griffith of Ultimate Security spoke with IPVM about:

  • The rushed process that resulted in deploying Hikvision
  • Ultimate Security's main product lines
  • Why the school district chose Hikvision over FLIR and Avigilon
  • The role of ADI in selling and endorsing Hikvision
  • What the school district and Ultimate knew about thermal temperature screening
  • Why blackbodies were not used
  • What references Hikvision used to win the deal
  • What the school district and Ultimate knew about Hikvision's China government control
  • How Hikvision USA assured this integrator that it was separate from Hikvision China
  • The integrator's long-term commitment to the local community

Rushed *******

******* ****** ****** *******(****) ******** ********** *** 'fever' ****** ****** ****** students ******** ** ****** in ****** ****, ********* in **** ******* **** to **** * ********, buy *** *********, *** have ** *********, ********* to ********:

** *** ** * hurry, ** ******. ** had ** *** ******* and ********* ******* ******* the ******* **** ***** to ** ****** ** open, *** **** *** to ** ********* *** trained. ** ******** ****** very **** ** *** project. ** ****** **–** hours ** *** **** in **** ****.

Ultimate ********: *** * ********* ******

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******** ********** ********* ** ******** and ********* ******. ******** told **** **** *** only ********* **** ** ever **** *** *** this ********* ***** ********* system:

** *** ***** **** anything **** *********. *'* not ******* *******, * mean ********. ** ***** did ******** **** *********.

******** **** **** *** maintains ****'* ******** ******, according ** ********:

**'** ***** ******* **** do ***** ******** ** their *******.

Avigilon *** *********

******** **** ** ********* attempted ** **** **** an ******** ***** ********* system. ******* ************ * meeting ******* ****** **** administrators *** ******** ***** representatives, ******** *** ****** to ***** *** ******** sale ** ********'* ***** screening *** *** ***** shipping ***** **** ****, several ****** ***** **** required *** ****** ** be ***********:

**** **** ******** *** of *** ******* *** putting ** ******* ******* because **** ****'* **** it ***** ***.

Local ********** *** *********

********* ********* ******* *** equation ** *** ****** of **** ************** ***** learning **** ******** '*****' cameras ***** *** ** ready *** *** ***** of *******, ********* ** Ultimate:

******* ****** ***** ** Education ********* **** **** had **** ****** **** they ****, ***** ***************, that *** ********* *** Hikvision ******* *******. ****, city ****** [*******], ***** *** *** that * ******** **** they ****.So **** **** ****, *** **** *** *** **** *** ******* ** *** ******* ** *********. [emphasis added]

******** **** **** *********'* sales ************** *** ******* able ** ******* ********** for ***** ***** ******* deployments, ********* *******-***** ************** and * ******* **** network:

[*** ********* ***** **************] had ******* ********* **** had ********* *** *********. In ****, ***** *** a ******* ***** ** some **** **** *** these... ****** **** ********* and **** ** *** very ********** ** **** in * ******* ****-**** environment.

********* ****** *** ***** screening ****** *** ****** of *** ***** ** the ******** **** ****** it *** ** ***** experience ** ********* ** this ****.

Hikvision *********** ** ***

*** ******** *********, ********* to ********, ****** ** was ******* *** **** Hikvision **** ****. ******* said **** *** *** "our **** ********, *** we ***** **** *** believe ** ****."

* ****** **** ***, of ******, ** *** so **** ********* **** ADI. **** **** **** they *** * ***** lot ** *********. *** that **** **** ******* a ***** *** ** Hikvision *** ****... ** Hikvision ********** *** ******* quite * *** *** of ***. *** ****'*, of ******, *** **** supplier, ***we ***** **** *** ******* ** ****. [emphasis added]

FLIR **********

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***, ** ********'* **** supplier, **** ******** **** Hikvision *** **** **** the ********* ******* ** meet ****'* *****. ***********, FLIR *** ***** ********* considered *** *** **********, according ** ********:

**** ** **** *** because ** ***** *** trying ** *** *** schools ****, **** *** something **** [****] **** trying ** **** * decision ** *******.

** *** ** ******* or ** ** ******* in * **** ***** period ** ****. **, they ****** ** *** this ***** ******, **there ****'* **** ************ ** **** ** ***, really it was really just a name that we were told from ADI and nobody really did any investigation into that at all. [emphasis added]

**** *** ********** ***********, Griffith ****, *** ** the *********** ** ***'* noting **** ********* *** substantially ********** **** *** FCPS's ***** ********* **********:

*** **** ****'** [***] the **** *** ********* to ** **** **** did **** **** ****, but **** *****'* ******* much ** ****. ****'* what *** **** **. And ** ****** *** to ** ******* ***.

**** [***] ****'* **** much **** ** *** according ** **** * gathered *** ** *** conversation.

** *** **** *********, well ** *********, ***'** moving * *** ** them *** **** **** people **, * ***** of ********* **** ** Georgia ******* *** ****, and **** ******** **** in *****, ** ***** out *****, **** *** it, ** *** * no-brainer.

****, ***** ***-********, *** far **** ********* ************ about ********* *** ***** than *********, *** ****** of ***** ******** ***** for ******* *** ******** doorways. ****, **** *** been ******* ***** ******* direct *************, ******** *** number ** ***** ** had ******* ***.

No ********* ** *********** *********

******* *** ****** ******** nor ******** *** *** thermal *********** ********* *********, Griffith *********.

*******, **** ********* ****************** ************** *** ******** ** the **-********* ****** **** his ****** ******** ********* with *** **** * blackbody:

Blackbody *** ****

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**** *** *** ******** blackbodies ** "*** ****** [Ultimate ********] *** *** recommend **** ** ******** the ***** ****," ****** ********** *** ***** ****** in **** ****** **** September.

********, **** ** ***** experience **** ********* ***/** thermal ****** ***************, *** not ********* **** **** purchase ***** ******. ******** said ******* ********* *** ADI ******** *** ** the ********* ** ***********.

********, ******** **** *********** were *** ********* **** Hikvision's ******** ************** ** all ****** *** ***** phase ** *** ******** and **** **** ** after *** ******* *** already *********.

**** ** ***** ***** blackbodies, ******** **** **** Hikvision ********* **** *** components ******* ******** *** slow **** *** ***** of *********. ******,********* ********* ******** *** to *** ***** ******.

No ********* ***** ********* *** *****

******* ******** ******** *** FCPS *** ***** *********** ***** ******* *** controlled ** *** *** government** *** **** ** the ****/******* ** *** 70 '*****' *******, ******** said:

* ******, *******, *** would ***** * ***** know, *** ***** ** had ***** **** ******** like *********...

***** ****** ****'* **** conversation **** ** ** course ******* *****, ** the ******* ********** ******* involved **** ********* *** how **** **** ***** to ******** *********** **** installing **** **** ******** federal.We ****'* **** **** ** *** **** *** [*** ********* ***** **************] ****'* *** ******** ***** ****.

*** ******* ****** ***** came ** **** *** mind **** ***** ***** be ********* ********** ** government ************ ** ****, we ****'* **** *** knowledge ** **** ** all. [******** *****]

******** ********* **** ** did *** ***** ** the **** *** ***** after *** **** ******* had **** *********.

Hikvision *** **** ********

********* ** ********, ********* USA ******* ******** **** it *** ******** **** the ********* ***** ****** entity:

* ******* ************* **** all **** ***** **. And * **** ******* quite * *** ***** the ***** **********. *** then ***** ****, **** I *** *************, * was **** ** *** same [********* ***** **************] that, ** ****,I've *** ** ** *******, **** ********* *** ** *** ***** ** *** ******* *****.

****'* **** * *** told *** ** ******* me **** ***** ** a *** ** ******** to ******* ** *** to **** ** ******* points ** ** **** has ********** **** ********* in *** **, ***** he ********* **********. [******** added]

******** ******** ** ***** the *-***** ** **** he ******** **** *** Hikvision ***** **************.

Long-Term ********** ** *** *********

******** ******** *** ******* in ******* ********** *** ****-******-**** commitment ** ******* ****** and *****-******-**** ************ **** FCPS ****** ***** **** IPVM:

*'** **** ** *** Board ** ********* *** thirty-something *****. * ** way **** ** ******* County [****** *******], *** know **** ******* ****** was *****.

******* ********'* ****-******** ******** in *** *********, **** Fayette ****** ********* *** harsh ***** *** ******** and *** ******* ****** July's ****** ***** *******:

******** *** ******** ** coverage ** *** **** implementation *** **** **** so ** ********* *******' comments ****** *** ****** board *******:

* **** ** **** offense, ********, ** **** of *** *** *** first ******* *** ******* by *** ***. *** then ** **** *** of **********, ** *** know, ** *** ****** meeting ** *** ***** of *********, ***** **** were ******** ******** ** of ********* ** *** this *** ** *****, almost **** * *** a ************** ** *** Communist *****. **** *********.

******** ****** **** ** receives ** ********** **** from ****, *** ***** that *** ***** ** the **** ****** ***** meeting *** ********* ** the **** **** ** has ***** ************* ********* enrolled ** ****:

**** ** **** **** all ** ** ********, four ** ** ****, graduated **** ******* ****** schools. *** *'** *** 10 ************* ** ******* County *******. *** ** them **** ********* ***, but **** **** ******* Fayette ******, ***** ** them *** ***** ** school. * ****, ******** Security, **** **** *******, has ******* ********* ** dollars ** ****** *** all, ***** *** ***, thousands ** *******. **'** well, ****-***** ** **** county.

******** ******** ** *** calls **** **** *** fact **** ****'* *** his ********** **** **** and **** *** ********** focus ** ***** ******* was ******** * **** return ** ***** *** local ********:

*** * **** **** you, * ****** **** tell ***, ** *** knew *** ******* *** the ***** *** ********* that *** ******** **** Fayette ****** ***** ** Education,not *** ******* **** ** ****** *** ** ** **** **** ** *** ******? And how do we get them into classes? That was the whole purpose of it one way or another. From their [FCPS administration] standpoint, it's a shame that they had to be put through that [the July school board meeting]. [emphasis added]

******** ****** ** *** experience **** *** **** Hikvision **************:

**'** ********, *********'* ********. And *****'* * *** to *****, ***** ****** truly **.

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******* ******** ******** *** FCPS *** ***** *********** ***** ******* *** controlled ** *** *** government** *** **** ** the ****/******* ** *** 70 '*****' *******, ******** said:

**** ***** ********* ***** for **** *** *** his *******. **'* *** bad **** *** ********. However, *** **** ** not **** **** ***** controls *********? ** **** be ****** ***** * rock *** ** **** that. ****** ***'* ** the ******** ****** ** well ***** ** *** major *******. ******** * recently ******** * ******* that *** **** ********** Dahua ** ****** ********* for *** **** ******* years *** ***** *********** that **** ** **** us *** ** ****...***** with *** *** ***** who *****'* *** * smartphone...

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******* ******** ******** *** FCPS *** ***** ** Hikvision ***** ******* *** controlled ** *** *** government ** *** **** of *** ****/******* ** the ** '*****' *******, Griffith ****:

*** **** *** *** know?

***

*'* ******* ** **. Griffith's ***** ** **** recommendations *********?

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** **** ** ****** under * **** *** to **** ****. ****** who's ** *** ******** should ** **** ***** of *** ***** *******.

* ***** ***'* ** very *********. * *** of ******, ********** *** older ********* **** ******* as ***** *******, ****** heavily ** ***** ****** to **** **** **** was ****. * ***'* speak *** *** ** a *****, *** ** local *** **** ** be ****** ****. ***** knew ***** *****, ****'* really **** ********, ***** offer ** **** ***** of ******.

**** *****, *** ********* new ******** ****** ** the **** * ** so *****. **** ******* push **** **** ** on **** (*** ****** was ****** ** ****).

****'* *** *** **** press *** ******* ** people ***** ** ** so *********. ** ****** can ******* **********. *** Vision ** ******* ******, I ******* *** ***** of **** ******** ******** when ** **** *** Vision *** **** *** they *****'* ***** ** China.

** *** **** ******** recent **** ** ****** public ********* **** *** Vision *** ***** ** the ******* **********.

** ***** ** **** if *** ******** ************ would **** **** ****, rather **** ***** ** because *** ******/***** ****** to ********** * *** of *****.

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* ******* *** ***** of **** ******** ******** when ** **** *** Vision *** **** *** they *****'* ***** ** China.

***** ************ ******** ******** ******** :)

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* ******* **** *** posting **** ******* ******* at **** **** *** other ****, **** ** see * *********** ******** look ** ********* ***********!

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** *** ***** ** talk ** *****, *********, Verkada *******, ***. ** interested ***** ** ********** at ****@****.*** ** ****** you ***** **** ** IPVM

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* ***** **** ** read ** **********/******* **** on *******. ** **** something **** ***** ** interested ** ********? ** so * **** **** the ******* *********** ** your *****.

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***** ******* ** **** are ***** ** ****** or ******* *** ******-** model.

*********, *'* ****** ** give '*** ****' ** integrators ** ********* ** are **** ********** ***********, i.e., ********* *****, *********, and *******.

* ***'* ***** ** interview **** ** **** or ******** ******, *.*., would ** *********** ******* we ********* *** *** criticizing **** ** **** and **** * **** might ** ****** ** being ***********.

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*** *** ***** ** no *********** **** ********** the ******** ******** **** could **** ** ****** dealers ***** ********* ************* and ******** **** ***** be ******** *********** *** them. ********* **** **** could **** ****** ***** this *** * *** of *******.

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*** ************ **** ***** trade **** *******! **** get *** ***** *** giant ***** ** *** airport/convention ****** *** *** bag/lanyard ************.

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*** *** ***** ** no *********** **** ********** the ******** ********

*** *** ******** ** you *** ** *** get #*'* ****, ***** is **** ** *********** but ** **** *** do **** ** ****** dealers ** **** ********.

*******, ** ***'* *******, they *** ***** *** against ***** *******, ********* **** *** *** Crackdown ** ***-********* *********** Systems:

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** ***'* *******, **** did ***** *** ******* fever *******

*** **** ***** ********** ***** ********* ********** ** *** *** entrants*** **** ** **** real ****** *** ***** things ****** **** *** the $$* *** ******* to ***** ***** ****** sellers?

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*** *** *** **** violated ** ***?

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**** **** *** **** any ******** **** *** NDAA *** ******** ** this ****.

******* ****** ********* **** locally ******* ***** **** used ** *** *** the ******* (* **** cited ** ********* ******* during *** **** ***** meeting).

******** ********* **** *** installation *** ********* ****** the ********* **** ** the **** ***.

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****** *** *** ***** response.

*** **** ** ** happen ** *** ***** in ********? ******?

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**** *** *** *** Ultimate ** ** *** any ***** ** ****** the ******* ****** ***** of ********* ** *** back *** *******.

** *********** ******, *** ****** ******** confirmed **** *** ******* had **** ********:

***, *** ********* ******* were ******** ** *** our ******* ***** ** the ****** **** ********* on ****** ***. ***** has **** ** ********** about ***** ** *** the ******* ** *** future.

** ******** ** **** the ****** ******** ***** receiving ***** ***** *** have *** *** ******** any ******* *******.

** *****, ** ** unclear **** ****/**** *** become ** *** ** devices.

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* ***** ** ******** that **** ***** ****** or ********* ** ******, so ******* ***** *** want ** ******* ** the "******" ****** ***.

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* **** *** ******** but ** *** **** time, ***** ** ** excuse *** *** *********.

** **** ****-***** **********-****** industry, *** **** ** have * **** ************* of *** ********* *** are ********** *** ***** origins ** **** ***** of *** ***********.

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* ***** *** ********. There ** * *** of *********** *********** *** there. *** *** *** Vision *** ********** ******* this *** ** ******* they *** *** ***** by *****. *** *** SIA **** ******** **, IPVM ** ******* ***** it *** **'* *** access. * ***'* **** paying *** ****, *** a *** ** ****** out ***** ******** ***'* want **.

** ****'* ***** **** and *** ******* *** bans **** ** *** main ****** *****. *** even **** * *** of ****** **** ***'* care. * *** ** educate **** *** ******** people *** **** **** roll ***** ****.

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**** ** ******* ***** it *** **'* *** access. * ***'* **** paying *** ****, *** a *** ** ****** out ***** ******** ***'* want **.

* *** ** *** coverage ** *********'* ********** control ** **** *** has **** *** *****. For *******, **** *** just * ********* ** free ******* ****** **** cover *********'* ******* **** 2019 ** *******:

*** **** **** ******** did *** **** **** about ********* ***** ** is ******** ********, **** compared ** ***** ******** integrators, **** *** *** Summer **** *********.

* *** **** ******** a **** **** ********** today.

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* **** ** ** the ***** ** ******* Billy ***!

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*******, * ****** ***** ** ******** ***** trusting ****** ******* ***************:

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** ***** ****** *******, you *** * *** of ***** *** **** moving ****** **** **** to ****. ****** ***** time ******* (*** **** larger ****), **** ** on *** ****** ******* it ***** **** **** money, ***** ******* ****** the ***** *** **********. Everyone ** ************ ** because ***, ** **'* hot **** **** **** be ***** ********* *****,*****? **** *** ***** jumps ** *** *********, trying ** ***** ****** and *****.

** *** ***** ** long ***** ********, *** might ** ******* *** on *** **** ** the *******. ***** ****** standing ** *** **** lines ***** **** ***********.

***** *****, ************ ****, sunk **** *******.

* *** **** ********* here...

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** ***** ******* *** like * **** ***** and *** ** **** Robinhood?

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* ***** ** **** case *** ***** ** more **** ********* ******* the ******** ** ********'* blood ********.

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***** ****** ******** ** the **** ***** ***** lost ***********.

**** **** *** *** a ****** **** ** “The ****** ** *****” before *** ***** **** a*******.

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* ** **** *** the ***, ****, ** should (*** *****) **** known ***** *********'* **********, And ***** ** *** about ** **** ******* million ***** ** ******* he ***** ** **** to **** ********** **** about *** **** *** work *** *** **** can **** ******, *** he's *** ******* **'* just ******* ******* ** local ******** **** *** drain. *** ** *** even ** ****** ******** from *** ****** *** local ******** ** *** near ******, ***** ********* will **** *** **** the *****, ****** **** him **** ** *** to **** *** **** in *** *********. ** could ****** ** ****** hustling *** **** *** not ********* ** *** alarm *****. **'* ** excuse *** *** ******** is ***** ** ****** for ****** *** *****'* plenty **** ***** ******** for *** ****** ** these ******* ******* *** our ********** *** ****** be ********** *** **** of ******* ******* **** are *** ******* *** end ***** ** ****** understand *** ** **** the ********** ******* *****.

*** ***** *****, ***** is **** *** ************* (i.e. *****-*****) ****** **** FDA ******** *** **** temperature *********** (******* **** FLL) *** ************ (******** their ******** **** *** suspiciously *** ***********). **** does *** **** *** approval *** **** *********** measurement ** ***** *********, only *** ****** ************ (for ***** ** ***'* need ******** ** ***). They ** **** ******** for *** ****** ******** thermometer **** **** *** the ********* ** ******** held ** *** ******* company ***.

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*** ***** *****, ***** is **** *** ************* (i.e. *****-*****) ****** **** FDA ******** *** **** temperature ***********…

*** ***** ************** **** *** *** thermal ******* **********.

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****** ** ** **** like * ***-******* *********** hidden ** * ******, where ******* ** ****** the *********** ** *** subject, *** ******* ********* themselves ***** ** ****** feedback.

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* **** *******, ***** site ** ****** **** to *****, * ****** figure *** ******* **** they ****, **** **** bizarre ****** **** "*** measurements *** ******" ***** saying **** ***'* ** imaging *** ******** "***********", but *'** ****** ** their ******** ***** *** their ****, *** ** their *********** **** ***** "The *** ******** ** a ******* ****** **** an ** ****** ******* to *** *** ** the ******* ******.". *****'* no ****** ***** ****** with * ****** ****** FOV, *** ***** ****** possibly ******* **** *** canthus ** **** ******** with **** * ****** enough ****** ***** ****** (I've ******* ****** **** a *****, *** ********* is ****** *****).

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