A China-based company that builds Facial Recognition technology could be facing a ban in the U.S. According to the news report, Hikvision, a video surveillance company that makes facial recognition cameras, sells video surveillance throughout China and across the globe. However, its core components from the chips that power its smart camera to the hardware, which stores high-definition footage, are made in Silicon Valley.
But now, the U.S. has banned government agencies from purchasing Hikvision smart camera products, and now there are rumblings that the company might be facing a ban on importing U.S.-made components. The United States is also reportedly weighing sanctions against companies and Chinese officials over Beijing’s actions. An analyst at IPVM, a video surveillance research company, Charles Rollet said that components from western companies are quite important to Hikvision’s overall supply chain. At the very least, a U.S. government export ban would cause a major agitation to them.
In the surveillance industry, the components company wants are much less than those required for Smartphone or telecom equipment, as Hikvision’s Vice-President, Huang Fanghong said. He said they think they should be OK if the company cannot buy anything from the U.S. However, a ban from the U.S. would be destructive for the company. In October, the U.S. slapped Chinese state-backed chipmaker Fujian Jinhua with an export ban, cited national security reasons. And in April, it imposed a temporary export ban on Chinese telecoms company ZTE, which shut down weeks later.