Hikvision Achieves RMF Certification at U.S. Army Facility

The video surveillance equipment provider teamed with NexGen Integration to provide Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri with an advanced security system.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Hikvision partnered with St. Louis-based NexGen Integration, a full-service security company, to equip the U.S. Army with a comprehensive security system at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. 

Hikvision’s video surveillance 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 custom-tailored by NexGen and Hikvision to deliver a superior performance that surpassed the military’s high standards. The most impressive aspect of the installation is its Certificate of Networthiness, as awarded by the Department of Defense, according to Chris Nickelson, co-owner of NexGen

“Very few products and systems, past or present, carry this elite designation and meet the requirements of the RMF [and, previously, DIACAP] certification processes,” Nickelson says.

An advanced security system was needed 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. You can miss things with motion detection,” explains Dennis Deschler, a NexGen co-owner. “Someone could drive back and forth for an hour before he drives into the motion detection grid.”

Hikvision’s 9000 series Hybrid DVRs, 6701/6704 encoder modules and IVMS-4200 software, along with H.264 video compression, provide real-time streaming and recording with minimal bandwidth use.

The technology and feature-packed embedded OS of the devices helped overcome limited data capability. The system allows for a scalable migration to newer technology in the future, and eliminates the constant need for OS, driver, and ePolicy updates required with PC-based technologies.

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 says.

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