Hikvision Achieves Risk Management Framework Certification from U.S. Army

Hikvision USA partnered with St. Louis, MO-based NexGen Integration LLC to equip the U.S. Army with a comprehensive security system at Fort Leonard Wood, a major U.S military facility. Hikvision’s products passed a rigorous battery of tests to gain Risk Management Framework (RMF) certification, proving their resilience to vulnerabilities such as malware that would put the system at risk. The system was thoroughly custom-tailored by NexGen and Hikvision in order to deliver a superior performance that surpassed the military’s high standards.

The most impressive aspect of this installation is its Certificate of Networthiness, as awarded by the United States Department of Defense.

“Very few products and systems, past or present, carry this elite designation and meet the requirements of the RMF (and, previously, DIACAP) certification processes,” affirmed Chris Nickelson, co-owner of NexGen.

“Hikvision equipment and support stand apart from the competitors,” added Dennis Deschler, NexGen co-owner. “The equipment is now riding on the government network and if they want it, it is a component of the DoD’s Global Information Grid.”

An advanced security system was imperative for Fort Leonard Wood, a key military facility in the Midwest that serves as the headquarters of the Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, as well as the training center for the Military Police. To secure the facility and its perimeter, it was crucial to record and stream at 30 FPS, but limited bandwidth, remote connection requirements, network policies, and integration with existing equipment were challenging.

“They needed 30 frames per second real time, all the time,” Deschler reasoned. “You can miss things with motion detection. Someone could drive back and forth for an hour before he drives into the motion detection grid.”

Boasting an extremely minimal latency with their H.264 video compression, Hikvision’s 9000 series Hybrid DVRs, 6701 / 6704 encoder modules and IVMS-4200 software proved to be the winning back-end solution for ensuring real-time streaming and recording with minimal bandwidth use. The innovative technology and feature-packed embedded OS of these devices helped overcome limited data capability. This allows for a scalable, flexible seamless migration to newer technology in the future, and eliminates the constant need for OS, Driver, and ePolicy updates required with PC-based technologies.

When the Army required a VMS that could operate under the RMF requirements, Hikvision rose to the occasion. To maximize ease of use, Hikvision’s standard VMS and products have many advanced features that allow them to self-configure to a network. Because network traffic is inherently increased in this process—and with some of these features conflicting with RMF requirements—Hikvision’s R&D team customized the iVMS-4200 software that is used at Fort Leonard Wood to bring it into compliance.

“This functionality combined with the ‘real time all the time’ capability of the installation means that its benefits are indisputable,” Nickelson asserted.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, offered insight into the success of the installation at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Hikvision USA provides flexible solutions that allow our customers to leverage their existing technology and investment, and gives them the freedom to transition into newer technology as it accommodates their needs,” he said. “We are honored that the tailor-made VMS software, along with the other Hikvision equipment serving the facility, have attained the highest mark of security designated by the U.S. Department of Defense. Our project with NexGen is a fantastic example of the kind of benefits our technology provides to the U.S. Government and similar end-users with a complex set of needs.&rdquo

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