The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law on August 13, 2018 and implemented on August 13, 2019. The law, specifically section 889, prohibits federal agencies, their contractors and grant or loan recipients from procuring or using “covered telecommunications equipment or services” from specific Chinese companies--more specifically, equipment or services as a “substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system.” The ban includes telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation as well as video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company.
Axis Product & NDAA Compliance
Axis Communications is pleased to affirm that our main Axis product portfolio with products targeted to US government entities, enterprise businesses and their contractors and affiliates, is NDAA-compliant.
Only a subset of the AXIS Companion portfolio, targeted to small business owners, does currently use chipsets from HiSilicon--a subsidiary of Huawei--and therefore is non-compliant with the NDAA. Specifically the products affected are the AXIS Companion Eye mini L, AXIS Companion Dome mini LE, AXIS Companion Bullet mini LE and the AXIS Companion Recorder (Note: These products are only supported by AXIS Companion software designed for small business owners and not intended or recommended for government users).
While non-government entities are not required to comply with the NDAA, for small business owners concerned about potential broader implications of this law, the AXIS Companion video surveillance solution does offer camera options that are NDAA-compliant as well, which can be found in our product catalog and on the Axis website. Additionally, Axis Communications is working on a related new recorder that meets NDAA compliance, to be released in 2020.
Regarding all other Axis products, Axis Communications does not employ any SoC (System on Chip), or other components capable of processing software, from the aforementioned banned Chinese companies. In fact, the majority of our products utilize the Axis-developed ARTPEC® chip which is developed in Sweden and manufactured in Taiwan.
Proprietary Technology, Optimized Surveillance Solutions and Cybersecurity
Axis’ long-term strategy is to maintain a competitive chip portfolio that encourages solutions for network video surveillance applications and lets Axis maintain in-depth know-how (See History). This know-how refers to designing chips optimized specifically for the surveillance market, meaning Axis retains control over the technology it develops – from the features the chip provides to the enhancement of cybersecurity (See Axis 7th generation of ARTPEC chip). Most Axis products currently utilize our proprietary chip technology and going forward the new ARTPEC 7 chip will be the basis for the vast majority of Axis network video products.
For more information, including a declaration of NDAA-compliance letter that may be required for proposal, procurement or contract assurances, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.