WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the Contractors who are buying and installing Hikvision and Dahua surveillance systems told the U.S. government Friday that it is an obscure law that prohibits the purchase of the two Chinese companies would be able to hurt their business.
FILE PHOTO: People visit a HIKVision booth at the security trade fair in Shanghai, China, May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song
The contractors expressed their confusion at a U.S. General Services Administration as meeting the provision in the previous year, the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which prohibits federal agencies from buying new equipment from the Chinese companies.
The deadline to comply with the ban on the purchase of a new piece of equipment, it is Aug. 13.
The members of the committee were not clear on the question of whether the NDAA requires the existing Hikvision and Dahua device can be cracked or just the new cameras and other surveillance equipment from various vendors. They also wanted to know if they are working with the government, the NDAA and bar sales of Chinese equipment by private companies.
The confusion expressed at the meeting, it is the characteristics of the commonly-held misconception about a lot of new regulations in the last 12 months, reduced to the role of Chinese companies in the united states market. U.S. companies that wish to comply with, for example, with the new rules, particularly the blocking of the sale to the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, have been coded in order to find out what you can and can’t be sold under the new guidelines, put an end to the sale of the items, which are, in fact, are still allowed.
The law is in the midst of the growing U.S. government’s fear of Chinese technology that can be used as a tool for spying on Americans.
The representatives of the Hikvision or Dahua is not present at the meeting, a spokesman of Hikvision, said that the company was “disappointed” with the NDAA, and the law, “was quickly established, without sufficient evidence.” Dahua does not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rick Williams, the general manager of Selcom, a 10-person company, located in Selma, Alabama, said at the meeting that small businesses like his “help”.
Williams said that the additional language in the provision, for example, says it is the federal agencies not to contract with “any entity that makes use of a” forbidden equipment”. There were a lot of, or the sale of the Hikvision or Dahua equipment to private / retail customers would be to disqualify them from government contracts, or government-funded customers.
Williams also said that he is concerned about the loss of the schools to receive funding from the federal government.
Mark Zuckerman, the chief executive of the states of Maryland, on the basis of a Clear Connection to other supervision of installer, our customers include businesses, schools and not-for-profit organizations, said that his company has spent $122,054 on Hikvision devices by 2017.
He wanted to know if government agencies will need in order to remove the prohibited equipment, or simply to remember to buy more of them. The act requires “relevant bodies” to “cut” of the equipment.
A lot of federal agencies do not know the suppliers of their equipment. In addition, some of the equipment is the brand of Hikvision or Dahua, but also incorporates elements of the undertakings, according to Dr. Gronberg, vice president of government affairs for high availability Technology, which has been working with a number of federal agencies, to identify the manufacturers of their equipment.
“The supply chain is very complex,” Gronberg said, adding that the various components come from a wide range of global suppliers.
Report by Bryan Pietsch; Editing by Cynthia Osterman