Secure city centre in Budapest

July 2009 Surveillance

Hikvision meets the security needs of a shopping district in Hungary.

West End City Centre, one of the best shopping centres in downtown Budapest, Hungary, is located at one of the busiest junctions of traffic and public transportation of the city. It is by far the largest centre of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. With around 400 shops that provide all kinds of services to local residents and tourists, including boutiques, restaurants, supermarket, travel agencies, telecom stores, and banks, as well as Hilton, the 5-star hotel chain, located inside the shopping centre, West End City Centre has been the gathering point for hundreds of people every day. Ensuring the safety of the people and assets, therefore, is critical for West End City Centre.

The priority in security for West End is to have a centralised platform that supports realtime viewing and high-definition playback to manage the surveillance systems in different shops, so that the security staff can easily get to know the security status in realtime.

On the other hand, to store a huge amount of high-definition surveillance video for later retrieval is also one of the major concerns. It is necessary, therefore, for the adopted security devices to support larger storage capacity, and be able to transfer the video to DVDs while needed.

After a thorough investigation and research, West End City Centre decided to use the products from Hikvision, headquartered in China, to guarantee the safety of the centre. There are in total 12 sets of Hikvision DS-8016-HFI network DVRs and HK-1000 keyboards equipped in the surveillance system of the city centre.

DS-8016-HFI, Hikvision’s third generation network DVR, has 16-channel video input and 16-channel audio input. Each video channel supports up to D1 resolution recording in realtime, while DCIF, 2CIF, CIF and QCIF resolutions being the options. Another highlight is its multizone motion detection and mask functions to mask sensitive areas, which fit into different security and privacy concerns of the city centre.

DS-8016-HFI also supports up to eight SATA hard disk drives for high-speed backup or external memory, which satisfies the requirement of large storage capacity.


West End City Centre, Budapest, Hungary.


West End City Centre is one of the biggest shopping centres in downtown Budapest. With hundreds of people gathering at the shopping centre every day, the major security challenge of the city centre is to enable the security staff to know the security status in realtime while managing the security system around the shops.

Products adopted:

1. Hikvision DS-8016-HFI network DVR.


1. D1 realtime resolution video input and recording, which enables high-definition video viewing and playback.

2. Supports multizone motion detection.

3. Large storage capacity.

4. Reliable performance.

For more information contact Finn Wu, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, +85 571 8807 6060,

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