What these sanctions mean for non NDAA Compliant Security Cameras
For now, if you are an entity, business, or consumer that has and is permitted to use non-NDAA compliant security camera systems your system will operate as usual. However, if the FCC takes final action to ban the sale and use of these products in the United States, there will be a time, possibly in the near future, that you will no longer be able to obtain system components to repair or replace your system. It is even possible that the NDAA banned manufacturers will stop providing support for their products in the United States. For this reason, it is important to establish a good relationship with a security camera system dealer or installation company that can provide you with guidance on NDAA compliant cameras and system components. A knowledgeable and experienced security camera installer near you, like CCTV Agent, can help you determine what products are available that can integrate seamlessly with your existing system or that can replace your non-compliant system. This will ensure that you continue to secure your property without interruption or delay.
In addition, if you are planning on installing a new surveillance system, it is important to work with an experienced security camera company that can provide you with different options of surveillance systems that are NDAA compliant and that are not subject to a potential FCC ban.
What types of companies or government entities are affected by the ban?
As of now, the NDAA ban affects federal projects, federal contractors, and any security camera system that is federally funded. Until COVID, this was a narrow area. However, as a result of the COVID pandemic, many businesses and local governments received funds through the CARES Act, as well as through other federal programs, for improvements to their facilities. Funds from the CARES Act or from other federal programs cannot be used to purchase surveillance systems that are banned under the NDAA. For example, local school districts receiving CARES Act funding cannot purchase any security camera systems on the NDAA ban list with those funds. This seems like a simple proposition, but it is not. Many businesses and local governments are not aware of the NDAA ban and may not be aware of the restrictions on the use of those federal funds. In addition, even those businesses and local governments that are aware of the restrictions may not know whether a product that they are interested in purchasing is part of the ban. This is because it can be very difficult to know who the manufacturer of a security camera system is. It can be impossible to go by just the name.
There are hundreds of brands of security camera systems that are really just relabeled with a U.S. company’s name but the actual manufacturer is a company on the NDAA ban list, such as Dahua or Hikvision. For example, IC Realtime who sells products in the U.S. under their brand of IC Realtime was historically just selling relabeled products made by Dahua. This is called an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). So IC Realtime was selling Dahua OEM products and anyone that purchased those systems may have believed they were buying NDAA compliant components because IC Realtime is not specifically named in the NDAA ban list. However, the truth is that those systems that IC Realtime was selling that were Dahua OEM products were not NDAA compliant. Honeywell, another well known U.S. company selling security camera products, did the same thing. In fact, this was the case with hundreds of other U.S. companies selling products under their names that were just OEM products made by overseas manufacturers.
So how can someone that is looking to buy a new security camera system or that is looking to ensure that their system is NDAA compliant figure all of this out? Unfortunately, it is not simple for someone to do this on their own because the security camera industry has hundreds of brands of products available and the general public does not and cannot know all of the differences. However, there is a simple solution, and that is to partner with and work with an experienced security camera company familiar with the vast array of products out there and that can guide you to a system that is NDAA compliant and that meets all of your security needs. A company like CCTV Agent that has been in business for many years, that has a proven track record of success and that is an authorized dealer for many different manufacturers can provide you with invaluable insight and information to ensure your security products are NDAA compliant.
Don’t be fooled by a U.S company selling security cameras with their name on them. In all likelihood, that company did not manufacture those cameras and they may be subject to the NDAA ban. Contact CCTV Agent Security Camera Systems today at Sales@cctvagent.com or 561-249-4511 to make sure you are buying NDAA compliant cameras.
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