Security Informed Cannabis Industry Report on Market Trends and Security Demands, Features Hikvision Vertical Industry Solutions

November 9, 2020

Hikvision HikWire blog article Cannabis Industry Report

An industry currently valued at more than $13 billion, cannabis is a profitable and growing market governed by strict operating regulations. This includes a particular set of requirements for each state where it is legally sold, with specific regulations for security, video, and transparency requirements. The technology piece, “Market Report: Cannabis,” covers cannabis industry-specific demands, compliance requirements, and business challenges, with an overview of Hikvision solutions designed to support the market.

Some key industry challenges that necessitate precise security solutions include:

  • Operating a cash-only business, which requires heightened security measures.
  • Monitoring grow rooms, packaging facilities, transportation, and dispensaries to ensure product protection and loss prevention.
  • Maintaining video records on hand for longer periods than many traditional businesses means cannabis companies need cost-effective solutions for added bandwidth and storage.

From the report: “Requirements for video surveillance are specified in some states, including particular areas that must be monitored, minimum retention times for video (e.g., 90 days), minimum frame-per-second video capture and recording rates, and even minimum camera resolutions.”

Hikvision solutions, such as our affordable Performance Thermal line, can provide traditional security with the added benefits of temperature detection and early fire detection warnings for grow rooms. Hikvision ColorVu enhances images in dark lighting conditions, while our fisheye cameras provide a clear, broad-area view. Paired with Hikvision’s HikCentral CMS (centralized management system), it enables management of several facilities from a central software that can be viewed on a laptop, smartphone or from a central station.

To learn more and to download your copy of the cannabis market report, click this link.

IMPORTANT! This model requires non-standard firmware. Do Not Install standard firmware (e.g. v.4.1.xx) on this model. Doing so will permanently damage your system. You must use custom firmware v.4.1.25 from the iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S product page.

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The I-series NVR (such as the DS-7716NI-I4) is one of Hikvision's most popular and feature-rich recorders. As such, many firmware revisions have been introduced over the years to continually ensure the product is compatible with the newest technology available. Due to the many revisions, we recommend that the user closely follows the instructions below in order to reduce the amount of time spent as well as the chance of failure.


Database Optimization and Repair

As more affordable IP cameras are introduced over time with greater video resolution and data sizes, more efficient database management also becomes necessary. The introduction of firmware v4.0 brought about a new database architecture in order to be futureproof.


After upgrading to v4.X, the recorder database will need to be converted and optimized. If you are experiencing issues where playback is expected but not found, make sure "Database Repair" is performed as indicated in the procedures and scenarios below.


Preparing the Upgrade

Before proceeding with upgrade, it is recommended that NVR configuration file is exported from the NVR over the network or on to a local USB drive.


Upgrading from v3.4.92 build 170518 or Older

  1. All recorders must reach v3.4.92 before proceeding further. Upgrading from versions before v3.4.92 directly to any version of v4.X will likely cause the recorder to fail.
  2. If the recorder is already at v3.4.92, a full factory default is highly recommended before upgrading to any version of v4.X. There is a high chance of unit failure (requiring RMA) if the unit is not defaulted before upgrade.
  3. After reaching v3.4.92 and performing a full factory default, an upgrade directly to v4.50.00 is acceptable.
  4. After the upgrade is completed and the recorder is reprogrammed, it may be beneficial to perform a Database Repair. For details, refer to the section "Database Optimization and Repair" above.
  5. To verify repair progress, you may refer to the HDD status, or search the recorder log for repair started and stopped entries. Note that while the HDD is repairing, new recordings are still being made, but some existing recordings may not be searchable until repair is complete.
  6. If you continue to observe playback issues after database repair, ensure there are no power, network, or motion detection issues. Should the problem persist, contact technical support.


Upgrading from Any v4.X Build to v4.50.00.

  1. Any v4.X build can be upgraded directly to v4.50.00.
  2. Export configuration is highly recommended before performing the upgrade.
  3. If upgrading from any v4.X version that was not v4.22.005, a Database Repair is recommended. Refer to Step 4 and onwards in the previous section.



Downgrading is not recommended. Due to new features and parameters constantly being added, downgrading may cause the NVR to factory default itself or require a manual default to operate properly.

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