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Hikvision & Dahua Blacklisted In U.S.: What Does This Mean For South African Consumers?

Written by Sheldon Pawson
Director // Security Expert
At Active Motion, we think it’s vital to keep abreast of all that is going on in the world and how it affects South Africans, and our customers. In the news: Hikvision and Dahua are now banned in the U.S. But what does this mean for the everyday South African consumer looking at purchasing security equipment? Let’s delve into this a little deeper.

Hikvision and Dahua are both independent security companies that have been supplying their products worldwide for many years. They are both primarily known for their high-performance network I.P. cameras, which are some, if not the best in the market.

In October 2019, The U.S government decided to place both Hikvision and Dahua on the Entity List, which means U.S companies will now need government approval before selling Hikvision and Dahua products.

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Why Were Hikvision and Dahua Blacklisted?

Hikvision and Dahua are well-respected brands. So why were they blacklisted? The problem comes in with the development of their technology. Hikvision security software and technology offers facial recognition, speech monitoring, and more.

The vulnerability in this is that it becomes intrusive and borders on invading people’s privacy. Many other intricacies played a role in these brands getting blacklisted, but it all stems from their advanced technology.

The advanced technology actually poses as a major risk if you put up these CCTV security cameras as a DIY project and it is not set up correctly. If the software is hacked, hackers could have access to everything your at-home or business security cameras hears and sees.

If you are running either one of these residential access control systems, before you “throw the baby out with the bathwater”, give us a ring and let’s look at how it’s all been put together.

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The Importance Of Choosing The Right Cameras

In South Africa, there are so many options available to you when it comes to CCTV surveillance cameras and other security technology. You must choose the right security products and options for your specific needs.

The best way to go about it is by going through a professional and respected security company that is up to date with the latest news and products.

Choosing Active Motion will mean you’ll be provided with insightful advice and information and which products would be best for your residential or commercial needs.

Looking for more security advice and to stay up to date with all that is security, cameras and products? Active Motion is an experienced security company in South Africa. Contact us today for a free quote!

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