Hikvision is the world’s largest CCTV manufacturer and quite popular in the United States. The company is Chinese government-owned and its devices are officially banned for use in US-government facilities, but they still can be used by private entities.
Hikvision is the hidden video surveillance provider for many American companies who brand the equipment with their own logos and brand names. Many companies purchase in bulk Hikvision OEM products, rebrand them with their own logos/models and sell to the customers without telling them the devices are Hikvison-made.
Which companies sell Hikvision OEM products
Below we’ve listed all the known companies that sell Hikvision OEM products usually under their own brand names. For example, LTS cameras are in fact Hikvision OEM cameras that are marketed and sold under the LTS logo. The Hikvision OEM (rebranded) sellers are listed alphabetically (most of them sourced from IPVM, a few more added by SCC).
- Aukoo Technology
- Aventura Technologies
- Covert Security
- Dax Networks
- Dodwell BMS
- DVR Unlimited
- Ellipse Security
- Gess Technologies
- Global Network Security
- GVS Security
- Hunt CCTV
- Hyundai Security
- Infinite Pixels
- Mercury Security
- Nelly’s Security
- Norelco SafeCam
- Northern Cameras
- Power Technology
- Protect Group
- Remark Thermal
- Safety Vision
- Sentry CCTV
- Smart CT Solutions
- SnapAV / Luma
- Space Technology
- Vantage Security
- Vezco CCTV
- Winic CCTV
Former Hikvision OEM resellers
There are a few companies that used to sell Hikvision OEMs but eventually stopped or moved to other OEM non-Hikvision products (such as Dahua or Uniview).
- 2M CCTV: No longer OEMing nor selling Hikvision.
- W Box: The W Box sold by ADI used to be Hikvision OEM. The New W Box models are manufactured by Sunell.
- Ameta: This company moved from selling Hikvision OEMs under their own logo to becoming an official Hikvision distributor.
- KT&C: They discontinued their Hikvision OEM products.
- Matrix Security: They stopped selling Hikvision OEM products.
- Oco: Moved to Dahua product line.
- SCW: Moved from Hikvision to Uniview line.
- Swann: They discontinued their Hikvision OEM products, moved to sell other OEMs.
How to tell a Hikvision OEM
There are a few ways to tell if a security product is made by Hikvsion. This article has more details: Difference: Hikvision OEM vs. Hikvision USA.
Even though the OEM resellers try to hide the fact the equipment is Hikvision made, there are still similarities in the interface that can’t be hidden. These clues are the web interface, the login screen, the GUI interface, and layout, sometimes the color scheme.
If you compare a Hikvision logo and OEM recorder you will see how the interface looks the same. A sample is shown below, a Hikvision and an ANNKE device which are Hikvision OEM equipment. The similarities are obvious.
Same Scanning Tool
Hikvision uses the SADP tool to scan the network and locate the IP address of the cameras. No matter if the cameras are Hikvision logos or OEMs, the SADP tool will detect these cameras.
To test out, hook up the camera on the network and run the SADP. If the camera is manufactured by Hikvision, it will be listed on the tool (showing up the IP address, MAC address, model, etc).
One way to tell is by checking the shipping records. When the products arrive in the United States, the county of origin and the original manufacturers are noted. You can take a look at the shipping records and locate the original manufacturer.
However, many companies avoid shipping directly from China and bounce to another country first which is a way of hiding the shipping records.
The MAC address
You can look up the MAC address of the OEM device and find out if it’s reported as Hikvision-made equipment. For example, you can use this tool MAC OUI to lookup (from Wireshark) the MAC address. However, some OEM resellers are able to hide or manipulate the MAC addresses in order to mask the original origin.
The model number on the motherboard
The OEM resellers use their own models and logos for the equipment they sell, but still, if you open up any device (camera for example) you’ll find the model number inscribed on the motherboard. By googling it you can find out if it’s a Hikvision-made device.