As a business owner you probably have some form of video surveillance. If not, you should probably consider it. Just make sure your cameras weren’t manufactured by the China Government.
All the devices were manufactured by a single company, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology. It is 42%-owned by the Chinese government.
The Memphis police use the surveillance cameras to scan the streets for crime. The U.S. Army uses them to monitor a base in Missouri. Consumer models hang in homes and businesses across the country. At one point, the cameras kept watch on the U.S. embassy in Kabul. (Wall Street Journal wsj.com)
This means that anyone could have them. We already know that manufacturers sometimes put software in their systems that send telemetry back to the engineering team to help better the product. But how much data do they gather?
How to protect yourself?
The best thing is know your vendor. We thoroughly vett every vendor and system before we implement it not only to our customers but to our system as well. Right now we only have one supplier that we like and that is Ubiquiti. (Ubiquiti Networks)
There cameras are secure and the company is trustworthy. Oh and did we mention they work great?
What do I do if I want to change?
We get this call a lot. It goes something like this
Customer: I have an old system that I think needs to be replaced but I don’t know where to start.
Out answer is typically. “Tell us what you do, how many cameras you need, and when is a good time to come out and look at your facility?”
From there we sometime recommend a Ubiquiti network camera system. The system is really easy to install and even easier to use. As long as you have a mobile phone and internet then you can monitor your property from where ever your at.
(Featured Image: © Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)