Video surveillance system for Warsaw

Introduction date

December 2002


Public Sector

Service type

Smart City

Video surveillance


In 2002, the Warsaw Municipal Office ordered a video surveillance to be built for Poland’s capital city. In subsequent years, the system was extended many times (at the request of the Municipal Office and of the Warsaw Police Headquarters) by new video camera points whose operation was based on image transmission in the fiber optic network and using the radio network built for the purposes of the video surveillance system. The system was modernized and extended by new observation centers operating in the network technology; at the same time, full integration was ensured between new camera points/new observation centers and solutions implemented at the initial stages of building of the system.
Since 2003, The Surveillance System Management Company has been the operator of the video surveillance system.



At the first stage of video surveillance system building, Sprint installed 96 video cameras and built 110 km of fiber optic lines. At subsequent stages of expansion, the system was extended by approx. 190 km of fiber optic network and 154 video cameras, integrated with the Warsaw Subway surveillance system (which includes 121 video cameras), and 68 video cameras were installed with radio transmission. Currently, the video surveillance system for the city of Warsaw includes more than 400 video cameras, monitored by 60 operators working in 18 surveillance centers located in district police headquarters and police stations, at the Security and Crisis Management Office, at the Surveillance System Management Company and at the joint operating center at the Warsaw Police Headquarters.

Thanks to specially selected housings and brackets, the cameras can be installed on the facades of existing buildings, on existing and new camera poles, and on other supporting structures: e.g. traction poles, signal arms, street lighting poles, etc.


An effective tool for improving safety.
Ability to observe and record events 24 hours a day and respond quickly when an event occurs.
The presence of cameras has a deterrent effect on potential offenders.
The possibility of using recorded material in the operational proceedings of investigative services and as evidence in court proceedings.