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NDAA Compliance for Security Cameras

Posted by Gregory DeRouanna on Feb 2, 2021

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In 2019, the U.S. federal government implemented the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act 2019 - Section 889 that prohibits the sale, purchase, and use of a wide range of security surveillance and telecommunications equipment that’s manufactured by Chinese vendors and their subsidiaries in any type of government building or federal-funded project.

This raised a lot of questions for security installers. What does this mean for my business? What should know about NDAA-compliant cameras? Which security camera brands are compliant and which ones are not?

CCTV Security Pros is a professional-grade surveillance system company based in the United States. Green Line Camera Systems by CCTV Security Pros are guaranteed to be NDAA compliant. Read on for vital insights into NDAA rules and regulations.

Should I Be Concerned About NDAA Compliance?

If you provide video surveillance services, sell video surveillance equipment, or supply your services to any federal government agency, then the 2019 NDAA Section 889 law applies to you and your business. To install security surveillance equipment on U.S. government properties, you must install NDAA-compliant  security cameras.

What is Covered by the 2019 NDAA Act, Section 889?

In short, the law prohibits the installation of security cameras, surveillance equipment, and components from specific Chinese companies, including Huawei Technologies Company, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, ZTE Corporation, Dahua Technology Company, Hytera Communications Corporation, and any of their affiliate entities.

This law also prohibits anyone or any company using equipment manufactured by the Chinese companies listed above from installing cameras in Government property to ensure that businesses only supply NDAA compliant cameras. That means you need to be extra careful when checking the manufacturer of your security cameras and camera components.

It’s also important to note that the NDAA section 889 doesn’t only apply to federal government facilities or properties. It also applies to any federal-funded job, institution, or project. For instance, if you’re installing a security system in a local community building that has received federal grant funds, you must install NDAA-compliant security cameras.

Note: If you’re doing a  security systems installation job for a local, state, or federal government facility, ensure you only quote NDAA compliant cameras and other surveillance products.

Which Security Products are Banned?

Any security camera or recorder with any major components manufactured by one of the five Chinese companies is banned for use in any U.S. government property or project. That includes equipment using Huawei’s HiSilicon SoC chipsets. Considering that the law also bans any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) use of these security cameras, it opens up the ban list to many other companies, even in the U.S.

For instance, Hikvision and Dahua are two of the biggest security equipment manufacturers worldwide, so it’s vital to be aware of companies that sell products from these companies. It’s more likely more companies are selling products from the banned list but don’t disclose that information to the public. Read more here:

Understanding the type of products banned will ensure you stay in business and continue supplying NDAA compliant security cameras for government installation.

Which Security Cameras are Not Banned?

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Because of the uncertainty about whether or not the security cameras in the market are NDAA compliant or not, it can be hard to tell with total confidence if what you have in stock or selling is compliant. To avoid confusion when looking for security cameras that are not banned on government properties, ensure that your supplier is completely transparent.

Ask who manufacturers your security cameras and recorders and what type of chip is inside the equipment. Hiding anything may lead you into trouble due to compliance issues. So, take your time to ask, find out more online, and stay updated on the latest ban lists. This will ensure that your business only stocks NDAA-compliant cameras for government property installations.

Are CCTV Security Pros Security Cameras Compliant?

At  CCTV Security Pros, we’re always transparent about our security cameras and systems. Keep in mind that this ban list only applies to government properties and not homes or businesses. We serve over 60,000 satisfied customers, including government agencies. All Green Line recorders are NDAA-compliant and manufactured in cooperation with Uniview.

While some of our catalog products may not be NDAA-complaint, we have a growing list of fully compliant security products ready to be installed on any government property. Call our experts at 888.653.2288 to learn more and get the help you need.

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