Axis’ network cameras help safeguard motorists traveling through the Tyne Tunnel.

4 Jul 2013

New tunnels monitored by IP-based surveillance help improve notorious traffic blind spot.

Organization: TT2

Location: United Kingdom

Industry segment: Transportation

Application: Tunnel/toll booth surveillance

Axis partner: 2020 Vision Technology


Mission

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.

Solution

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.

Result

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.

“The Axis cameras provide total coverage of the tunnels and surrounding areas and without this comprehensive footage, we would need many more staff to function safely and collect tolls.“ Ron Henderson, operations manager, TT2 Ltd.

Axis’ network cameras help safeguard motorists traveling through Tyne Tunnel

The New Tyne Crossing has been constructed under the River Tyne in the North East which features two tunnels to serve south and north-bound traffic. Both tunnels form a major commuter route between North and South Tyneside and are used by approximately 45,000 motorists on a daily basis. Previously considered one of the UK’s worst traffic black spots, the safety of those using the tunnels is still of prime importance so it was essential the new tunnel feature surveillance as an integral part of its safety and security strategy. The surveillance system needed to be able to act as ‘eyes’ to see through the tunnels and monitor the approach roads and toll booths. Following an evaluation of a variety of systems, local systems integrator 2020 Vision Technology was asked to design and install a new surveillance system.

A challenging environment

The New Tyne Crossing presented an interesting challenge to 2020 Vision as the tunnels are confined spaces with restricted light conditions. In order to provide TT2 with the ability to ‘see everywhere,’ 2020 Vision needed to come up with an innovative approach so that it could provide real-time visual intelligence and post-incident analysis. Peter Houlis, managing director, 2020 Vision Technology said: “The safety of anyone passing through the tunnels is imperative. When specifying cameras, the ability to share and access video images is essential in those situations where immediate and urgent action is required.”

2020 Vision Technology recommended an IP-based surveillance system be deployed and demonstrated how the progressive scan sensor on an Axis network camera can produce clear, sharp images of moving vehicles.

The ‘eyes’ of the tunnel

2020 Vision Technology deployed the new system which consists of 102 fixed AXIS P1343 Network Cameras in the tunnel and additional cameras monitoring 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 cameras sit on the tunnel’s common network infrastructure using Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 2020 Vision hosts the digital recording system which feeds images taken from the Axis cameras to the tunnel’s traffic incident system.

Digital footage is recorded around-the-clock on to a network video recorder (NVR) and is then displayed onto a video wall and individual operator work stations. This footage is then seamlessly integrated at data level to ‘talk’ to the fire safety systems, video analytic traffic management supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. The system then alerts the tunnel’s staff when an incident such as a crash or breakdown occurs so that the appropriate course of action can be taken.

Ron Henderson, operations manager of TT2 Ltd said: “The IP-based surveillance solution provided by 2020 Vision Technology plays a key role in the safe operation of our site, the remote operations of our toll plazas and to enhance the security of our precincts and out stations. The Axis cameras provide total coverage of the tunnels and surrounding areas and without this comprehensive footage, we would need many more staff to function safely and collect tolls.”

The tunnel’s operators now have ‘eyes’ everywhere and have access to real-time visual intelligence and postincident analysis from which informed decisions can be made. The system helps the tunnel’s operators with safe and efficient traffic management and protects against fraud at the toll booths. The new surveillance system has also meant that there are just three interactive operator workstations in the tunnel’s control room and has enabled fewer operators to provide a more sustainable, efficient and safer journey through this busy commuter route.

Download PDF

1 Capability Green
LU1 3LU
Luton, Bedfordshire
United Kingdom

Introduction to audio Acoustics, speakers and audio terminology OCTOBER
Product News

Introduction to audio Acoustics, speakers and audio terminology OCTOBER

Axis offers intelligent security solutions that enable a smarter, safer world. As the market leaderin network video, Axis is driving the industry by continually launching innovative networkproducts based on an open platform - delivering high value to customers through a globalpartner network. Axis has long-term relationships with partners and provides them withknowledge and ground-breaking network products in existing and new markets.

Read more

Purr of approval as Axis helps safeguard future of small business
Product News

Purr of approval as Axis helps safeguard future of small business

“ Being able to view the footage on our phones in real time and flick between the different cameras in the café is great. We can zoom in on different areas and slow down or speed up the playback.” Jaya Da Costa, Owner of the Pause Cat Café.

Read more

Axis cameras selected for IP video upgrade at Canary Wharf Station
Product News

Axis cameras selected for IP video upgrade at Canary Wharf Station

“The Axis cameras have proved exactly the right fit for London Underground here at Canary Wharf station. As we move to 24-hour operation on London Underground stations in a few months’ time, reliability and ease of maintenance are all key operational requirements. Axis cameras have met all these needs and I anticipate they will be deployed in other Jubilee Line extension stations as they are upgraded over the next few years.” Dave Perry, Delivery Manager, Station Capital Expenditure, London Underground.

Read more

Chester Zoo rationalises, networks and centralises its security operations
Product News

Chester Zoo rationalises, networks and centralises its security operations

“ Chester Zoo now has a video security platform which is highly reliable, expandable and future-proof. We know that whatever our requirement in terms of security intelligence, video analytics and integration, it’s now possible with our new IP video system. Speed and appropriateness of response to threats is now assured.” Nigel Peers, Security Manager, Chester Zoo.

Read more

Safer bus travel with Nobina thanks to Axis network cameras
Product News

Safer bus travel with Nobina thanks to Axis network cameras

“Observit offers a turnkey solution that gives you complete control of the entire process, from simple installation to monitoring of the cameras in each bus and the collection of image material. The entire process is covered in a highly functional and quality manner.” Bram Lauwers, Product Manager Digital Services at Nobina.

Read more

The show must go on – redefining security at Belfast’s premier entertainment venue The Odyssey Complex
Product News

The show must go on – redefining security at Belfast’s premier entertainment venue The Odyssey Complex

“Our analogue system was no longer as innovative as it once was; upgrading to HD IP camera technology made complete sense to us as we strive to maintain our status as the leading event facility in Northern Ireland.” Brian Hughes, Group Head of Facilities at The Odyssey Complex.

Read more

Axis cameras deliver loss prevention benefits to global retailer Paul Smith
Product News

Axis cameras deliver loss prevention benefits to global retailer Paul Smith

“Today the new system is only used if there is a security incident. But in the future we expect managers in specialist areas like visual merchandising to access cameras to assess whether agreed store layouts for new lines are being observed and whether these are working for store visitors.” Lee Bingham, Head of IT, Paul Smith.

Read more

More eyes, greater intelligence: Twickenham Stadium controls its perimeter beyond match day
Product News

More eyes, greater intelligence: Twickenham Stadium controls its perimeter beyond match day

“Wireless cameras on the front of the buildings have proven to be a huge asset. Following the initial installation, we noticed an individual attaching a scanner to the cash machine. We’d never had this additional vision before and therefore would not have identified this fraudulent activity prior to the installation.” Phil Parker, Venue Operations Manager at Twickenham Stadium.

Read more

Axis video surveillance helps Kolhapur become a safer city
Product News

Axis video surveillance helps Kolhapur become a safer city

Smart, connected solution enable real-time tracking of crimes, better governance and civic administration

Read more

Instant focus in challenging light conditions with new AXIS Q60 PTZ dome cameras
Product News

Instant focus in challenging light conditions with new AXIS Q60 PTZ dome cameras

The top-of-the-line AXIS Q60 PTZ Dome Network Camera Series now includes models with features for improved performance and efficiency. Four of the new models include focus recall, a feature providing instant focus in predefined areas. The latest additions also offer versions that include an enhanced processor for higher analytics capacity, as well as higher light sensitivity. The new AXIS Q60 PTZ Dome Network Cameras all include Axis’ Zipstream technology that significantly reduces bandwidth and storage requirements.

Read more

Safer travel with Axis network cameras
Product News

Safer travel with Axis network cameras

25% reduction in crime at subway stations in the city center

Read more

Modern trains in harsh environments need innovative safety solutions
Product News

Modern trains in harsh environments need innovative safety solutions

ATrain secures and optimizes its rail service with Axis network cameras and laser-based perimeter control from Embsec

Read more

Axis cameras capture ground-breaking elephant sleep study at Dublin Zoo
Product News

Axis cameras capture ground-breaking elephant sleep study at Dublin Zoo

Axis cameras with built-in infrared (IR) provide images for new sleep study and several successful elephant births

Read more

New panoramic cameras enable broader range of businesses to benefit from 360<sup>o</sup> HD surveillance
Product News

New panoramic cameras enable broader range of businesses to benefit from 360o HD surveillance

360o multisensor cameras provide effective HD monitoring of large areas in airports, railway stations and public squares, negating the need for multiple camera installations

Read more

Axis showcases Perimeter Defender at Counter Terror Expo to secure Europe’s critical infrastructure
Product News

Axis showcases Perimeter Defender at Counter Terror Expo to secure Europe’s critical infrastructure

New video analytics based solution is designed to reinforce physical access control in demanding and large-scale installations

Read more

Axis launches new product line to address security needs of small businesses
Product News

Axis launches new product line to address security needs of small businesses

Comprehensive AXIS Companion Line ‘out-of-the-box’ solution, combined with focused support program for local resellers and installers, delivers quality benefits of IP-based video surveillance in a complete, integrated, easy-to-use offering.

Read more

Axis’ Zipstream compression technology now automatically adapts to PTZ camera movements
Product News

Axis’ Zipstream compression technology now automatically adapts to PTZ camera movements

Axis’ Zipstream compression technology has been developed specifically for video surveillance and lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more without sacrificing important details. It is fully compatible with the widely adopted H.264 compression standard and leading video management systems (VMS). The new release has been optimized for use with pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras. 

Read more

New Axis multisensor panoramic cameras provide large area overviews in great detail
Product News

New Axis multisensor panoramic cameras provide large area overviews in great detail

The new multisensor panoramic cameras provide high-resolution 360° and 180° video surveillance coverage. The cameras are ideally suited for monitoring large open areas or to cover several viewing directions.

Read more

Axis is strengthening its VMS offering with the introduction of AXIS Camera Station 5
Product News

Axis is strengthening its VMS offering with the introduction of AXIS Camera Station 5

AXIS Camera Station 5 is a full-featured VMS for mid-size installations comprising from 4 to 50 IP cameras. Together with the AXIS S10 Series of network video recorders and Axis’ IP products it offers a complete video surveillance monitoring and recording solution.

Read more

Axis introduces free tool for efficient product specification and solution design
Product News

Axis introduces free tool for efficient product specification and solution design

Axis provides system integrators and installers with an intuitive new web application that reduces the time and effort needed to design complete security solutions. AXIS Site Designer works online and offline to recommend cameras and recording solutions for small and mid-sized systems. It includes easy to use templates for a variety of security requirements and gives interactive guidance on the selection of cameras, recording products and accessories needed for a complete surveillance solution.

Read more

Axis Experts Attend RBTE 2016 in London
Product News

Axis Experts Attend RBTE 2016 in London

Axis Communications, global market leaders in network video and experts in retail technologies, are to attend the Retail Business Technology Expo 2016 in London in March.

Read more

Axis IP cameras protect staff and students at the Lady Eleanor Holles School
Product News

Axis IP cameras protect staff and students at the Lady Eleanor Holles School

Future-proof next generation CCTV system improves school security and on-site safety of staff and pupils

Read more

Safer bus travel with Nobina thanks to Axis network cameras
Product News

Safer bus travel with Nobina thanks to Axis network cameras

A scalable and modern camera system has generated significant savings in terms of both time and money

Read more

Axis introduces two new bullet-style HDTV network cameras for difficult light conditions
Product News

Axis introduces two new bullet-style HDTV network cameras for difficult light conditions

AXIS P1435-E and AXIS P1435-LE offer high image quality with full HDTV 1080p resolution at frame rates up to 60 fps, and feature Axis’ Lightfinder technology as well as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) - Forensic Capture, allowing them to master even the most complex and challenging light conditions. The new cameras are ideal for video surveillance of city squares, railway platforms, cargo loading bays, airport terminals and retail showrooms with large window fronts.




Read more

List your business for free

Create a business listing on the UK's leading security and fire directory

Get the IFSEC Global newsletter

The latest security and fire news, trends and insights