Axis Commits To Long-Term Firmware Support

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Nov 15, 2017

With the rise of cyber security awareness, and a general increase in hardware reliability, "software warranties" may prove more valuable than hardware warranties. Axis is rolling out a long term support plan for device firmware, with plans to support devices for up to 10 years with patches related to device security and stability.

We spoke with Axis on the details of their LTS (long term support) firmware strategy and provide our analysis in this note.

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