TAA Compliance And Why It’s Important For Your Video Wall Systems
If you’re a distributor or installer of video wall systems and you serve the government defense industry, government utilities, or similar government facilities and federal organizations, TAA compliance is an important concept to understand. In this blog, we’ll discuss the basics of TAA compliance – and why it matters for installers of video wall systems.
What Is TAA Compliance?
The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) was first enacted on July 26, 1979. It was designed to help a fair, open international trading system grow and expand the opportunities the US has for international trade.
It’s a large, complex piece of legislation. But when it comes to TAA compliance and video wall systems, things are simpler to understand. TAA compliance means that products used in government facilities or for certain federal projects can only be made in the U.S. or certain other designated countries, such as Japan and many others.
However, products made in non-TAA compliant countries cannot be used when working on most government facilities and federal projects. This includes Russia, India, China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Indonesia, to name just a few.
Why Does TAA Compliance Matter For Video Wall Systems?
Government-operated facilities like command centers, utility centers, military control rooms, and other such facilities all fall under the umbrella of the TAA. This helps ensure that countries that work closely with the US are the ones to supply video wall systems and other components related to video displays.
Partly, this is because TAA compliance requires specific standards to be met when developing video wall displays and other products. TAA-compliant hardware, therefore, is built to a higher overall standard compared to products that are not TAA-compliant.
TAA-compliant hardware is more reliable and dependable in demanding situations. Whether monitoring the status of a nuclear power plant, tracking airplanes from a flight center, or organizing military operations from a control room, these products are highly dependable and can be relied upon in life-or-death situations.
Aside from reliability and longevity under sustained, intense operating conditions, these environments also demand the utmost screen clarity and flexibility when it comes to situational awareness, secondary rooms and boardrooms. We specifically designed our DIAMONDVIEW series around these requirements for those that can’t compromise with performance.
Stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve with Mitsubishi Electric
The world of cybersecurity moves quickly to prevent the unlawful tampering with electronic devices. As technology improves, so must the governing environment to create the proper protections for organizations with sensitive information. Most recently, California rolled out a new cybersecurity law, SB-327, for improved protection against attacks.
Starting on January 1st, 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features, designed to prevent unauthorized access, modification, or information disclosure.
If it can be accessed outside a local area network with a password, it needs to either come with a unique password for each device, or force users to set their own password the first time they connect.
At Mitsubishi Electric, we move just as fast as the market does. We take data privacy and security very serious, which is why we have already implemented these new security features on all our video wall products to comply with the new IoT SB-327 Cybersecurity Law.
Choose TAA-Compliant Products To Meet Government Requirements
If you design, install, and implement control rooms and large-scale video walls, choosing TAA-compliant hardware from a company like Mitsubishi Electric allows you to compete for government contracts that may otherwise be out of your reach – and build more reliable video walls for government agencies. So make sure you know the basics of TAA compliance, and follow its requirements when sending proposals to government agencies of all types.