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DVRs of the world's leader - HIKVISION/ULTIMAX
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Hikvision/Ultimax digital video recorders (DVRs) belong to the latest generation of CCTV recording equipment. They have been designed based on extensive knowledge of CCTV technology possessed by DIPOL and HIKVISION companies. 20 years of experience and contacts with customers, remarks of installers and users of the equipment - have resulted in the creation of innovative products able to perform the most demanding tasks.
DIPOL is an authorized distributor of HIKVISION products
HIKVISION devices combine the latest technologies: real-time operating system (Linux RTOS), Texas Instruments CPUs (DaVinci DSP processing platform), DSPs (FPGA and CPLD) and the most efficient compressing algorithms: H.264 (video) and OggVorbis (audio). H.264 is currently the most efficient compression method. Compared to other popular algorithms - MJPEG and MPEG-4 - it can save up to 50% of disk space. In addition - it is especially important when working on the Internet - the transmission of the same amount of data generates significantly less network traffic.
Any device from the Hikvision/Ultimax series has both the features of a digital video recorder (DVR) and digital video server (DVS). It can work as a stand-alone device, or be used to build powerful surveillance networks. With great versatility and flexibility, taking into account very specific options, they are used worldwide to protect banks, ATM/cash machines, telecommunications infrastructure, transport infrastructure, transport companies, factories, warehouses and commercial buildings, various institutions and companies.

Network DVR: HIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-8108HDI-S H.264 (8-ch.) - CLEARANCE SALE!
View of a DVR of 8100 series (M76080, M76160, M78080, M78160)
Hikvision/Ultimax is a new family of DVRs. In terms of performance, the recorders are divided into 3 subgroups:
7300HI series:
8100HDI series:
8100HFI series:
Technical specifications are listed in the tables in the further part of the article.
Hikvision/Ultimax DVRs are the first devices on the market with menu that has been designed for both advanced and novice users. So far, most CCTV systems were configured by the installers or system administrators. Due to complicated procedures, the users of the systems were forced to frequently call them and pay for their services, even in the case of normal configuration changes.
HIKVISION, with the help of the support and knowledge of distributors, installers and users, created a new, friendly graphical interface. The main output of the DVR is VGA interface, supported by two analog video outputs (BNC). The main menu is displayed via the a VGA output with a resolution of 1280 x1024* pixels. All the basic, frequently used functions are grouped into seven main categories.
Network DVR: HIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-8116HDI-S H.264 (16-ch.)
Rear panel of a Hikvision/Ultimax DVR
Searching the archives and backup options are really intuitive - while some of the recorders allow to mount up to 8 SATA drives with a total capacity of 16 TB, capable of recording 4CIF images from 16 channels for over 40 days - one may still need to copy all or part of the material.
Hikvision/Ultimax DVRs can simultaneously monitor up to 16 channels (depending on the model) and digitally zoom any part of the scene.
The recorded files can be archived on CD/DVD-R discs (using optional writer), however the most popular memory devices are currently flash drives. The USB port situated on the front panel enables the user to connect any storage device with USB interface, even if the recorder is placed in a 19-inch RACK cabinet.
Basic configuration of a Hikvision/Ultimax DVR (there are shown single devices only)
Distinguishing features of HIKVISION DVRs:
  • Stable operation in all modes, including remote operation via IP networks.
  • H.264 video compression.
  • OggVorbis audio compression.
  • Possibility to set recording parameters independently for each channel, including video resolution, bit rate, image quality - which enables the user to configure the system to any specific requirements.
  • Possibility to set recording parameters independently for each recording mode (normal or triggered by specific kinds of events).
  • VGA output (resolution up to 1280x1024* at 60 Hz).
  • Additional video output.
  • 1/4/9/16 screen division options (depend on the number of channels) - simultaneous monitoring of many cameras or programmable switching between channels.
  • Live digital zoom.
  • Camera tampering detection, video loss detection, motion detection in pre-defined areas of the field of view.
  • Possibility to define up to 4 privacy zones for each camera.
  • Cooperation with multiple PTZ cameras (support for multiple interfaces of speed dome cameras).
  • Possibility of defining PTZ presets, sequences and cruises (based on schedules).
HDD interface:
  • Possibility to install up to 8 SATA HDDs, each of capacity up to 2 TB (total: 16 TB).
  • Support for S.M.A.R.T. technology.
  • Ability to manage disk groups.
  • Video files saved in formats compatible with Windows(R).
  • Recording technology based on the pre-allocation during disk initialization, allowing the optimal use of available memory resources.
Recording and playback:
  • Option of overwriting existing data.
  • Event-triggered or continuous recording.
  • Many recording modes, including continuous, scheduled or triggered (by an alarm event, motion detection or interference) ones.
  • Local playing of recordings from all channels at the same time.
  • Possibility to set pre- and post-alarm periods for recordings triggered by motion detection or alarm events.
  • Protection of selected recordings against overwriting.
  • Searching options include selection of date and time, channel, kind of recording.
  • Digital zoom during playback.
  • Very easy access to recordings - normal/ fast/slow/ frame by frame playback. Access to these functions also from the front panel using the jog dial for selecting the time of the recording and playback speed. Fast selection of any moment by using the timeline and drag-and-drop method.
Archiving:
  • Possibility of data archiving onto external USB storage device (flash drive, HDD etc.) via the USB port located on the front panel.
  • Possibility of simultaneous browsing the recordings and archiving the data.
  • Suitable place to mount an internal DVD writer (DVD-R/W SATA).
  • Possibility to choose any time interval for data archiving.
Alarms and exceptions:
  • Ability to define alarm-system activity periods.
  • Alarm options include motion detection, loss of signal, interference into the system.
  • Exceptions include: disk overflow or failure, network failure, loss of video, non-compliance of video standards, IP address conflict.
  • Handling of exceptional situations: recording of selected channel, triggering defined alarm output, warning on the screen, audible alarm, notifying the monitoring center.
Other features:
  • Control with a USB mouse, remote control, front panel buttons, dedicated keyboard.
  • Ability to define user accounts with different access/management rights.
  • System log recording all events; easy way to find events according to main category: alarm, exception, action, information.
  • Ability to save and import/export DVR settings.
Networking:
  • 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet NIC.
  • Support for TCP/IP, PPPoE, DHCP, DNS, DDNS, NTP, SADAP protocols.
  • Possibility of remote control, downloading and viewing of recordings, archiving.
  • Remote setup and configuration of DVR.
  • Remote import/export of settings.
  • Remote monitoring of device status, alarms, event log.
  • Remote initialization and formatting of disks, remote firmware update, remote control of operations.
  • Remote switching on/off of recording.
  • Remote switching on/off of alarms.
  • Possibility of saving screenshots.
  • Remote control of PTZ cameras in several windows.
  • Support for many PTZ protocols: Pelco-p, Pelco-d WX, Pelco-D, Samsung, TLPelco-p, BBV, KC3360S, ACES, ALSON, Tc Pelco P, Tc Pelco D, ANTEN, ADR8060, LC-D2104, A01, LG, 1602-Protocol, 3609hd, AB-D, AB-P, ADV, BEWATOR-PELCO-D, Dragon, DSCP, HIKVISION, HY, Honeywell, Intergative P, LiLin, Manowang, Nitro, Philips-3, PIH-1016, PLD, RedApple, SHINEI, SONY-EVI, SPD, Siemens and others.
  • Built-in web server - access to the DVR through client software or web page.
Network DVR: HIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-7308HI-S H.264 (8-ch.)
View of DVRs of the 7300 series (M74080, M74160)

Comparison of 8-ch DVRs
NameHIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-7308HI-SHIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-8108HDI-SHIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-8108HFI-S
CodeM74080M76080M78080
OSLinuxLinuxLinux
Multitasking (…plex)pentaplexpentaplexpentaplex
Record formatmp4mp4mp4
Video inputs8xBNC8xBNC8xBNC
Main monitor outputs1xVGA/1xBNC1xVGA/1xBNC1xVGA/1xBNC
Auxiliary monitor output1xBNC1xBNC1xBNC
Video compressionH.264H.264H.264
Max frame rates - video resolutions8 fps – 4CIF (704x576)12 fps – 4CIF (704x576)25 fps – 4CIF (704x576)
16 fps – 2CIF (704x288)25 fps – 2CIF (704x288)25 fps – 2CIF (704x288)
25 fps – CIF (352x288)25 fps – CIF (352x288)25 fps – CIF (352x288)
Recording options (manual, schedule, alarm, motion detection)manual, simplified schedule, schedule, alarm, motion detectionmanual, simplified schedule, schedule, alarm, motion detectionmanual, simplified schedule, schedule, alarm, motion detection
System display resolution1280x1024*1280x1024*1280x1024*
Screen divisions1/4/81/4/81/4/8
Display frame rate [fps]252525
Search optionscalendar, timeline, eventcalendar, timeline, eventcalendar, timeline, event
Hard drives (max number x capacity)4x2TB8x2TB8x2TB
Archiving (port)USBUSBUSB
Optical driveCD/DVD writer (optional - reserved space)CD/DVD writer (optional- reserved space)CD/DVD writer (optional - reserved space)
External archiving devicesflash drive, hard drive, CD/DVD writerflash drive, hard drive, CD/DVD writerflash drive, hard drive, CD/DVD writer
Alarm inputs/outputs12/416/416/4
WWWYESYESYES
e-mailYESYESYES
Access (max number of concurrent users)323232
Watch dogYESYESYES
ClockYESYESYES
PasswordYESYESYES
Operating temperature-10...50 °C-10...50 °C-10...50 °C
Operating humidity10...90 %10...90 %10...90 %
Dimensions [mm]
440 x 390 x 70450 x 450 x 95450 x 450 x 95
Weight8 kg (without HDDs)
8 kg (without HDDs)8 kg (without HDDs)
Supplying voltage100...240 VAC100...240 VAC100...240 VAC
Power consumptionbelow 25W (without HDDs and external devices)below 25W (without HDDs and external devices)below 25W (without HDDs and external devices)
Comparison of 16-ch DVRs
NameHIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-7316HI-SHIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-8116HDI-SHIKVISION/ULTIMAX DS-8116HFI-S
CodeM74160M76160M78160
OSLinuxLinuxLinux
Multitasking (…plex)pentaplexpentaplexpentaplex
Record formatmp4mp4mp4
Video inputs16xBNC16xBNC16xBNC
Main monitor outputs1xVGA/1xBNC1xVGA/1xBNC1xVGA/1xBNC
Auxiliary monitor output1xBNC1xBNC1xBNC
Video compressionH.264H.264H.264
Max frame rates - video resolutions2 fps – 4CIF (704x576)12 fps – 4CIF (704x576)25 fps – 4CIF (704x576)
12 fps – 2CIF  (704x288)25 fps – 2CIF (704x288)25 fps – 2CIF (704x288)
25 fps – CIF (352x288)25 fps – CIF (352x288)25 fps – CIF (352x288)
Recording options (manual, schedule, alarm, motion detection)manual, simplified schedule, schedule, alarm, motion detectionmanual, simplified schedule, schedule, alarm, motion detectionmanual, simplified schedule, schedule, alarm, motion detection
System display resolution1280x1024*1280x1024*1280x1024*
Screen divisions1/4/9/161/4/9/161/4/9/16
Display frame rate [fps]252525
Search optionscalendar, timeline, eventcalendar, timeline, eventcalendar, timeline, event
Hard drives (max number x capacity)4x2TB8x2TB8x2TB
Archiving (port)USBUSBUSB
Optical driveCD/DVD writer (optional - reserved space)CD/DVD writer (optional- reserved space)CD/DVD writer (optional- reserved space)
External archiving devicesflash drive, hard drive, CD/DVD writerflash drive, hard drive, CD/DVD writerflash drive, hard drive, CD/DVD writer
Alarm inputs/outputs12/416/416/4
WWWYESYESYES
e-mailYESYESYES
Access (max number of concurrent users)323232
Watch dogYESYESYES
ClockYESYESYES
PasswordYESYESYES
Operating temperature-10...50 °C-10...50 °C-10...50 °C
Operating humidity10...90 %10...90 %10...90 %
Dimensions [mm]
440 x 390 x 70450 x 450 x 95450 x 450 x 95
Weight8 kg (without HDDs)8 kg (without HDDs)8 kg (without HDDs)
Supplying voltage100...240 VAC100...240 VAC100...240 VAC
Power consumption
below 25W (without HDDs and external devices)below 25W (without HDDs and external devices)below 25W (without HDDs and external devices)
The firmware version V3.1 enables multiple users to log on locally (with the possibility to assign them different rights to make changes in the system). It also introduces support for NAS, which can backup the data recorded locally on the DVR. This way, any destruction, theft or other damage to the recorder does not cause loss of recordings, saved also on the NAS in a remote location. Another new option optimizes recording speed of one or several channels at the expense of others.
The DS-8100HDI-S series has counterparts with a more functional detachable front panel (DS-8199HDI-SE series - M76081 M76161).
* NOTICE!! Display resolution depends on the firmware installed on the device. Currently available firmware allows to use the resolution of 1024x768 pixels.
Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology company is one of the leading manufacturers of CCTV equipment. The company has its headquarters in China, employs over 2300 employees in branches around the world. More than 700 of them are engineers from the R&D department.
In the annually published Security 50 report, Hikvision company is among the top players.
In 2009, the company was ranked number 12 on the list of the world's CCTV industry companies with the highest profits. It also took 3rd place in the ranking taking into account the increase in revenue compared to previous years
For several years, Hikvision has been appreciated by the specialist press as one of the 5 most important producers in the sector. The importance of the company in the market is evidenced by the fact that it was the main supplier of security systems for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Other achievements include implementations of complex monitoring systems in networks of restaurants, CCTV systems for railways, hospitals, casinos and many other places.
More information on this company is available on the manufacturer website.