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ONVIF Suspends Dahua and Hikvision

Hikvision and Dahua Technology has been “suspended,” and effectively expelled, from ONVIF.


Hikvision and Dahua Technology are the latest Chinese tech companies to be suspended and expelled from ONVIF.

The expulsion comes after the Trump administration forbade American companies from doing business with Chinese organizations as a way to punish them for their association with human rights abuses and violations in China’s campaign to target Uighurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities.

On Oct. 11, Hikvision sent correspondence to its USA dealers confirming the suspension, according to John Honovich, founder of IPVM.

A suspension from ONVIF means the companies no longer have access to members-only forums, tools, specifications and documents by ONVIF.

In a press release to its dealers, Hikvision stated they are in communication with ONVIF about the suspension. Since ONVIF’s standards are public, the Chinse company said they can continue to develop using ONVIF’s specifications.

However, new devices and firmware cannot be ONVIF conformant and as ONVIF continues to develop new technology or tools to support expanding specifications, Dahua and Hikvision will not be allowed to access, according to Honovich.

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