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Security Camera Compliance with the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

On Aug 1, 2018, the US government passed a resolution, effective Aug 1, 2019, to prevent the federal government, and anyone else who is involved with national security, from making purchases of telecommunications and surveillance cameras originally manufactured in 5 specific factories in China. The ban affects some or all Honeywell, Hikvision, Dahua, Lorex, Swann, LTS, Annke, Alibi, Laview, WBox, Interlogix, Flir, Bosch, ICRealtime, QSee, Panasonic, ADT, Indigo Vision, and many more security products.

What companies are banned?

This ban was part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and specifically bans security cameras by Hikvision, Dahua and their OEMs. NDAA also requires all federal government and "critical infrastructure" to remove any product that originated in a Hikvision or Dahua factory before Aug 1, 2019. The NDAA also bans ZTE, Huawei, and Hytera telecommunication equipment, but not surveillance equipment, for use both in the federal government and for use in 5G cellular infrastructure.

Who is affected by the ban?

This ban affects federal projects. Vermont has also banned these products for state government purchases. Many other states have discussed also following with bans for state level purchasing. Some local governments have passed laws requiring that they followed the same rules and regulations as the NDAA, however SCW has no way of monitoring those local laws.

Why were Hikvision and Dahua banned for federal government use?

The law, itself, did not provide an explanation for the ban.

Congressional testimony, of those who voted for the ban, centered around these ideas:


1. believing that the Chinese government could use these manufacturers in mass espionage

2. a lack of cybersecurity safeguards (This has been a major problem in our industry, especially after the 2017-2018 major hacks of Dahua (Lorex) cameras, please see our Best Practices to prevent IOT Security Camera Hacks for a list of what happened and advice on how to harden your security camera system's cybersecurity)

3. concerns about the contracts awarded to these two companies in relation to the humanitarian crisis and mass imprisonment of the Uyghur people (Hikvision and Dahua received large military contracts for monitoring the Uyghur people).

4. the belief that this would bring manufacturing back to the US.

What's the result of the federal use ban?

The firms banned were the major manufacturers of most security cameras. The ban is currently upending the security industry with a large number of providers selling these systems at or below cost because of oversupply of product that is now banned for federal uses and may face Magnitsky Act sanctions.

Ironically, this mass sell off is currently making it more difficult for American companies to compete. There have been significant disruption to the marketplace with some US companies selling entire divisions, posting massive Q4 losses, or going under completely. (Arlo posted a 100M loss in Q4, for example)

Could Hikvision and Dahua product be blocked from import?

Yes, that is a possibility, but not according to the law already passed. However, a new law is already being discussed by the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

On 3/4/19, Additional Magnitsky Act sanctions on Hikvision and Dahua were proposed because of their part in the Uyghur “re-education camps”. Magnitsky Act sanctions can result in the US government seizing equipment and assets, imposing fines and penalties, revoking licenses, or blocking the import of products, among other things.

This letter also discussed imposing financial penalties on American companies that do business with Hikvision and Dahua.

The significance of this development is difficult to overstate. ADI, for example, holds about half a million dollars of Hikvision equipment. The possibility that they look to dump this product is high, especially if it looks likely that this product may get seized by the government or sanctions imposed for carrying it.

It is especially important that consumers remain informed. We expect some security camera providers to go out of business this year and be unable to honor their warranties. Purchasing equipment that may be sanctioned or seized may mean that you won't be able to buy compatible cameras in the future.

A Ban Looks Likely

On May 15th, 2019, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretary of commerce to draft rules, within 150 days, banning US companies from do business with "foreign adversary technology." Although this does not yet name any surveillance camera manufacturers by name, this is similar to the language used in the NDAA and will probably affect Hikvision and Dahua in some capacity.

This is a developing situation and we will attempt to keep this page updated, to the best of our ability.

Has SCW ever done business with Hikvision or Dahua?

Yes, we have done business with both. They are the largest providers of surveillance cameras in the world and a vast majority of cameras are traced back to their factories. We stopped using Dahua in 2014. We switched from using Hikvision in 2017.

We still carry some limited supply as to not strand past customers, but clearly label them as "not for federal use." As much as we are able, we are attempting to reduce the risk that we might provide you with equipment that could be banned or seized.

What's the future look like for SCW?

We switched from Dahua / Hikvsion several years ago when we became aware of some of these issues, before these concerns were really in the congressional record. Unlike buying Dahua or Hikvision equipment, you don't have a risk that we're going to go out of business and not honor our warranties or that you won't be able to buy compatible cameras in the future.

We believe in providing high quality, ethical products, backed up by amazing support, and from a company that will continue to be here in 200 years.

We also believe in providing secure products, which one reason our newest line has cloud-based firmware upgrades and why we have a software team building our own, secure camera viewing and management applications. If you have any cyber security concerns, we would love to hear from you.

SCW's Admiral and Imperial IP camera and NVR lines are not affected by this federal use ban.


  1. The 1080P Admiral Series - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    4 Camera 1080P Admiral Series

    Starting at: $599.00


    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  2. The 4MP Motorized Admiral Series - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)



    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  3. The 4K Fixed Admiral Series - 4 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    4 Camera 4K Admiral Series

    Starting at: $999.00


    Cameras


    4K (8MP) UHD @ 15 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    92° or 118° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated

    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  4. The 1080P Admiral Series - 8 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    8 Camera 1080P Admiral Series

    Starting at: $1,199.00


    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  5. The 4MP Admiral Series (4MP is 2 x 1080P) - 8 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    8 Camera 4MP Admiral Series

    Starting at: $1,599.00


    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    80.8° or 101° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)



    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  6. The 4K Fixed Admiral Series - 8 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    8 Camera 4K Admiral Series

    Starting at: $1,999.00


    Cameras


    4K (8MP) UHD @ 15 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    92° or 118° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated

    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  7. The 1080P Admiral Series - 16 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    16 Camera 1080P Admiral Series

    Starting at: $2,249.00


    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  8. The 4MP Admiral Series (4MP is 2 x 1080P) - 16 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    16 Camera 4MP Admiral Series

    Starting at: $3,049.00


    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    80.8° or 101° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)



    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  9. The 4K Fixed Admiral Series - 16 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    16 Camera 4K Admiral Series

    Starting at: $3,849.00


    Cameras


    4K (8MP) UHD @ 15 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    92° or 118° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated

    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  10. The 1080P Admiral Series - 32 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    32 Camera 1080P Admiral Series

    Starting at: $6,337.79


    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4MP Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    16 SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    Additional POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  11. The 4MP Admiral Series (4MP is 2 x 1080P) - 32 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    32 Camera 4MP Admiral Series

    Starting at: $7,487.79


    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    80.8° or 101° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 4MP Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    16 SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    Additional POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  12. The 4K Imperial Series - 32 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    32 Camera 4K Admiral Series

    Starting at: $10,736.79


    Cameras


    4K (8MP) UHD @ 15 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    92° or 118° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated

    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  13. The 1080P Imperial Series - 64 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  14. The 4K Imperial Series - 64 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    4K (8MP) UHD @ 15 FPS: 3840 x 2160

    92° or 118° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated

    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options