2020 Vision use Axis camera technology to help safeguard passengers travelling through the new Tyne Tunnel

he New Tyne Crossing project is one of the UK’s biggest transport infrastructure projects. A second vehicle tunnel, which opened earlier this year, has been constructed under the River Tyne in the North East and will serve all south-bound traffic. The existing Tyne Tunnel which is currently undergoing a full refurbishment, will service all north-bound traffic once it is reopened. The tunnels travel between North and South Tyneside and the existing tunnel regularly served 38,000 customers per day.

AXIS P1343 Network Cameras will be used in both the North and South-bound tunnels to detect incidents so that they can be dealt with as quickly as possible to avoid congestion and keep drivers safe. Axis cameras are also installed at the toll plaza providing surveillance of each lane and record highly detailed images of the all cars passing through the toll. These images are used to classify images and tie the vehicle type and registration plate to any fraudulent activity.

2020 Vision Technology deployed the Axis cameras and also hosts the recording system which feeds images taken from the Axis cameras to the tunnel’s traffic incident management system. This system then alerts the tunnels staff when an incident such as a crash, breakdown or a fire occurs.

Peter Houlis, Managing Director, 2020 Vision Technology said: “The safety of anyone passing through the tunnels is of prime importance, so when specifying the cameras, the ability to share and access video images quickly was essential if an incident needs to be examined and dealt with immediately.

“We were keen to deploy network cameras from Axis as we felt we could offer a better all round technical solution by partnering with them. Their cameras offer high-performing video surveillance and excellent image quality.”

Phil Doyle, regional director, Northern Europe, Axis Communications said: “The AXIS P1343 provides the tunnels’ operators with the high quality images throughout the day and night.

“The camera is also robust, yet extremely easy to deploy. It simplifies the installation process and makes it easy to move the cameras if needed.”

The AXIS P1343 Network Camera delivers excellent H.264 performance in a robust design. Video quality is provided with progressive scan in multiple individual H.264 streams, as well as Motion JPEG streams. The focus assistant, remote back focus and pixel counter feature simplifies installations.

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