Burson-Marsteller Washington handles public policy and PA issues for high-flying Hikvision, the China-government affiliated dominant maker of video surveillance systems.
Hikvision, a leader in facial-recognition technology, has its cameras operating throughout cities in China and in American airports, prisons, schools and homes. They are used in US military bases and had been installed in the embassy in Kabul until removed in 2016.
Critics who are concerned with security issues worry that Hikvision cameras could be sending footage to Beijing, which owns a 41.6 stake in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange-listed company.
Bloomberg on July 25 noted that the stock of Hikvision, which had a market valuation on par with Alphabet and Facebook, has been under pressure due to the rise in US-Sino's tensions and the slowing of the Chinese economy.
B-M's May 30 engagement letter with Hikvision calls for a $25K monthly retainer for the WPP unit through Dec. 31.
The firm's services include issues management, external PR, message development, fact sheets, media relations/monitoring.