Following months of research, today, a respected Washington, D.C.-based news outlet, The Hill, published a balanced summary of the current situation related to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
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Dear Valued Partner:

Following months of research, today, a respected Washington, D.C.-based news outlet, The Hill, published a balanced summary of the current situation related to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. You can read the article here.

The article concerns the broad anti-China sentiment in Congress which includes reporting on the Hartzler amendment, which was attached to a defense spending bill and recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is still working its way through the legislative process, though it was not included in the U.S. Senate version of the legislation. The amendment, if it were to become law, would prohibit the federal government from purchasing video surveillance equipment from certain China-based manufacturers. Hikvision—along with other Chinese companies—is mentioned in the amendment. While this amendment has created some confusion, there is currently no ban on Hikvision products being used by the U.S. government.

Hikvision integrator Chris Nickelson is widely quoted throughout, indicating that this legislation can potentially hurt other U.S. small business, while calling into question the unfounded concerns raised by U.S. Representative Hartzler. Nickelson said,

“Somebody still needs to show me that there’s any real meat and potatoes behind any accusations that have been made towards Hikvision.”

The article also mentions our Source Code Transparency Center as part of our broader efforts to demonstrate our longstanding commitment to transparency and compliance to local laws and regulations. From the article:

Hikvision’s U.S.-based business touts its compliance with American laws. It worked with the Department of Homeland Security to patch a security vulnerability it uncovered in May 2017. It also recently opened a transparency center in California to allow law enforcement to view the source code for its products.

We are heartened that experienced journalists have taken the time to accurately present both sides of this matter, and look forward to answering any questions the U.S. Congress may have as they review this legislation during the scheduled Conference Committee.

I want to assure you that Hikvision remains fully focused on providing the very best solutions, support and service to you, our valued customers. If you have questions, please contact your Hikvision representative or me directly.

Kind Regards,

Jeffrey He
President, Hikvision USA Inc. and Hikvision Canada Inc.

About Hikvision

Hikvision is a leading provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other emerging technologies, and is the world’s largest video surveillance manufacturer. Featuring an extensive and highly skilled R&D workforce, Hikvision manufactures a full suite of comprehensive products and solutions for a broad range of vertical markets. Beyond security, Hikvision products provide important data and business intelligence for end users, which can be used to enable greater commercial success and more efficient operations. Committed to the utmost quality and safety of its products, Hikvision encourages partners to take advantage of the many cybersecurity resources Hikvision offers, including the Hikvision Cybersecurity Center.

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