What happened to the Buy America Act? I worked for State Department agencies for 9 years back in the late 80's and 90's. Back then Burle was the standard. Then the migrated to all Panasonic. It is a lucrative market when you start talking about maintenance and support. Things must have changed be we would get chastised for mentioning anything that was not US made. I also used to work with...
Maybe the guys in the movie War Dogs could organise the bids.
What do you expect from the Department of State?
IPVMU Certified | 08/29/16 04:36pm
It makes me wonder if the Senate or House Appropriations or Armed Services Committees might not fall out of their seats if aware of this? I support the "Buy American whenever possible" preference but in video, especially cameras it's extremely difficult to do. Given revelations of the nations most active in state sponsored hacks and back doors it has to give one pause.
Just shows the value they out in security. Kabul is a pretty safe place right...
Time for some whistleblowing.
"Hikvision Achieves Risk Management Framework Certification from U.S. Army"
It means nothing to some members?
Normally I would argue the likelihood of a video data feed being viewed by foreign nationals and anything remotely actionable being discovered is slightly more than zero.
Not zero though, because of cases like this. Embassies are havens for in-country intelligence operations. Just access to the faces and times and groupings of visitors would no doubt be of substantial value to other...
The presidential library is projected to cost 1Bil for starters...chump change for those donating...
Makes me a tad nervous to use Hikvision knowing the involvement that the Chinese government has with Hikvision.
IPVMU Certified | 08/29/16 05:53pm
Given all the Chinese funding and R&D, you know that the HIK firmware is riddled with back doors. I mean, put it together: 1) if the NSA can do it with Cisco, Dell and so many other makers; 2) the NSA tools just got taken by someone, perhaps Russia, and 3) the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and others are all aligning, then: 4) the US might...
...their massively growing US sales and marketing organization to get locked in to US federal installations.
And throw away the key ;)
I keep waiting for HikVision to announce Eric Snowden as their Pitchman...
IPVMU Certified | 08/29/16 06:48pm
Please contact me when you do an Embassy job and they give you a "static IP" or port for your outside connection.
What is reason for the applicant's sole source justification?
According to the document you linked to above, Mr. Stephen Cunningham signed off on this request to use 'Other Than Full And Open Competition' - and he gave his reasoning as follows:
The cameras are being used to monitor the inside of network closets and server rooms as part of a security/accountability...
Hikvision coming to a NSA, CIA, MI6 or MI5 near you.. lol
Something to think about in regard to Foreign Manufactures introducing products to the US Federal Government market is how it fits into Information Assurance (IA). IA has effectively killed numerous products from entering service in the US DOJ/DoD. I guarantee that the HikVision products are not IA compliant (https://ia.signal.army.mil/docs/p52001r.pdf).
In anycase - this is going...
This should be leaked to the mainstream media.
There's an interesting read here and here. The government corporation that "owns" a large portion of Hikvision has been tasked to develop software to track and predict terrorism. Seems...
It's funny that the vote has been carefully designed, you have added an "only" to the question so that the answer is “No”.
If the question is "Should US Embassy require Hikvision cameras (to protect their safety)" ? then the answer is most likely to be "yes".
I also don't agree that US Embassy should only buy Hikvision cameras, they should buy whatever that is good to...
Hikvison is great for residential but for the Embassy!? No. If they have any smarts they would choose avigilon.
Do you mean Securities or security? What camera manufacturer is actually making their cameras in the states? I'm not any happier about the cameras coming down so much in cost but if they set up shop here they're making an investment in US workers I am not concerned anymore about security of the camera and the Chinese monitoring it then I am about any other device on the network. I'd be less...
I was really surprised about the second vote result.
Do you really think that deploying Dahua, Hikvision, "Anyvision" cameras/NVRs are security risk? Why?
Anybody heard about network monitoring? About firewall, VPN, etc?
Securing security nowdays is much more about information security, than "what kind of camera you are using".
Can you provide the link to the US Government bid referenced above?
I was searching for non-IPVM information on Hikvision and Afghanistan, and found that Hikvision's Afghan partner is a company called Tesla Engineering Services Co. - presumably NOT related to Tesla Motors in the US.
No idea whether this company would be used by the US Embassy, or if a US company would be brought in to perform the installation.
Honestly, I think this is shameful and I would never have believed it would ever happen. There is only one logical explanation...someone is getting greased in the process. We already know that that sort of thing is not beyond the Chinese government in any way, and sadly, our own government.
Great question - IA is pretty rigorous. Most European / SE Asian products don't meet IA Compliance. The real issue is the list of TAA (Trade Agreement Act) countries where BAA is designated. China is NOT on that list. So, even if they achieved diacap certification, they still don't pass muster with BAA. Sometimes, however, I think we have so many regulations on products that countermand...
Should make you wonder why Chinese Companies are donating to Terry Mcauliffe And the Clinton Foundation, obvious Pay for Play.
I recently sent an email to the procurement officer on a "complimentary" purchase that was listed in this thread and designated as HikVision. Here is my request and their response.
I'm inquiring about this procurement as you state that this is a HikVision or equivalent product. Are you aware that your request (without valid justification - other than cost) is a complete...
Much of this is a result of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB) and our government not funding an initiative. The ARB required high definition surveillance cameras at high risk facilities be upgraded, but across the board funding was slashed drastically. Before this embassy they'd been using analog but have been pushed to go to IP much quicker than they'd like, as analog product...