Testing Axxon's Smart VMS (16 Channel Free)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 10, 2011

In this report, we test Axxon's Smart VMS. The most intriguing feature is a free version for up to 16 cameras that includes fairly broad 3rd party IP camera support. This is the second 'open' VMS to be offered for free (following Milestone's free Go offering and heavily discounted Essential version).

While Axxon is not well known in the Americas nor Asia, they are one of the leading suppliers in their home market of Russia. In the last year, they have accelerated their international expansion, focusing on Western Europe and North America. Offering a free option should help them expand.

Inside the PRO section, we examine the features and functionalities of Axxon Smart, comparing it to Milestone's similar offerings and providing recommendations on use and best fit.

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