2020 Vision seeing through the new Tyne Tunnel

North East based CCTV systems integrator 2020 Vision Systems is celebrating starting work on yet another prestigious contract, this time for a major development right on its doorstep.

The North Shields based company has started work on its contract to design and supply the CCTV system for the new Tyne Tunnel, in a contract worth over £350,000.

2020 Vision is now responsible for designing; supplying and installing the integrated CCTV network ahead of the opening of the new Tyne Tunnel next year.

The system, which is essential for safeguarding more than 38,000 motorists each day, will comprise of 84 IP CCTV cameras, which will be linked to a network video surveillance system within the North and Southbound tunnels as well as along the approach roads. The system will be supplemented with 11 dome general surveillance cameras within the perimeters of the tunnel areas.

2020’s contract will also see the company install a multi camera management system complete with digital recording, which will be used at two custom made workstations within the refurbished control room. The camera management system will come complete with an Enterprise level Digital Recording and Virtual Matrix, graphical user interface and video wall.

Cameras from the existing pedestrian tunnel will also be linked up to 2020 Vision’s top of the range operator interface and recording system. The company will also be responsible for providing routine preventative maintenance inspections and on call assistance and support for the entire system.

Peter Houlis, managing director of the CCTV specialists commented: “2020 Vision is delighted to have secured such a prestigious contract right here on our door step.

“2020 has a fantastic track record specialising in private and public sector work for museums, shopping centres and company headquarters as well as for councils, prisons, hospitals, universities and the like. We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract for the Tyne Tunnel, it is a great coup for the company and we’re looking forward to commencing work very soon. The system is imperative to the safety of motorists and we’re proud to be able to put our 2020 marque on it.”

The system will provide day and night functionality and uses the very latest intelligent video analytics technology through its integrated CCTV, incident detection and vehicle management system.

2020 has also recently secured the contract to supply and install a CCTV system for the new toll plaza, as well as to install the toll collection system, including traffic barriers and toll and vehicle readers. The contract, which is worth £170,000, was awarded to 2020 Vision by the French company, G.E.A, which is providing the tollbooth system.

The new Tyne Tunnel is being constructed on behalf of TT2 Ltd, the concessionaire company which operates the existing tunnel as well as the pedestrian and cycle tunnel. Bouygues Travaux Publics is the contractor responsible for designing and building the new vehicle tunnel as well as upgrading the existing Vehicle Tunnel, and improving access to both the Pedestrian & Cyclist Tunnels, alongside SPIE.WHS.

2020 Vision was established in the North East in 1992 and specialises in security systems such as CCTV, remote site monitoring, access control and concierge services. It has provided security in a diverse range of environments such as hospitals, casinos, universities, sports stadia, government offices and a seabird island.

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