The New Tyne Crossing has been constructed under the River Tyne in the North East to serve all traffic traveling south and north-bound. The tunnel’s operators, TT2, see surveillance as an integral part of its safety and security strategy and required an innovative system that could act as its ‘eyes’ to monitor the safe transport of commuters through the tunnels’ approach roads and toll plazas.
Systems integrator 2020 Vision Technology was tasked with providing an innovative approach to surveillance that could provide real-time visual intelligence and post-incident analysis. 2020 Vision recommended an IP-based surveillance system be deployed consisting of 102 fixed AXIS P1343 Network Cameras for the tunnels with additional cameras to monitor the approach roads and toll booths.
AXIS P1343 Network Camera is a fixed day and night camera and delivers excellent image quality and H.264 performance. It also has a progressive scan sensor which allows for sharp images of moving vehicles in challenging light conditions to be captured. The footage is displayed onto a video wall and individual operator work stations. It is seamlessly integrated at data level to ‘talk’ to the video automated incident detection system linked to the SCADA systems. Now, if there is a crash, breakdown or fire, the system immediately alerts the tunnel staff who can then initiate the appropriate course of action.