Through our Group of Companies in addition to our Fire Safety products and services we can also offer Security systems, services and products.

Our advice articles continue to offer our customers free sources of information about Fire And Security systems. CCTV is just one example of a Security system that we offer through our Group of Companies. The short guide below addresses concerns regarding CCTV that have been raised with us within the group.

Chinese CCTV manufacturers such as Hikvision and Dahua

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There have been various news stories over recent years regarding Chinese-made internet connected devices that could potentially allow China to spy on us. These concerns are based on the possibility of these devices being hacked or having some sort of backdoor, which could allow unauthorized access to features like cameras, internet switches, and similar components. A common example is a camera connected to an unsecured network or internet connection, using default passwords or outdated firmware with known vulnerabilities. In such situations, the cameras may be vulnerable.

So, how can we ensure that CCTV is more secure?
 Avoid using known default passwords.
 Ensure that the firmware is up-to-date.
 Ensure that the network has a suitable firewall.
 If CCTV cameras are installed on a shared network, setting up a VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) can help ensure separation between the CCTV devices and the existing network devices.

So why use Chinese-manufactured devices?

Hikvision is the world’s largest CCTV manufacturer, known for producing excellent security cameras that are both user-friendly and highly capable. Both Hikvision and Dahua offer high build and image quality, while also being much more cost-effective compared to other manufacturers. Our products have been rigorously tested by the manufacturers and our teams of experts to ensure that they are user friendly, cost effective and work in the manner that is required. You can rest assure that your products will be working when you need them to be. Please contact us if you would like to know more or to book a free no obligation site survey.

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