September 11 2019 @ 13:22 by Steven Hugill
A Gateshead company is playing a key role in the improvement of security and IT services at the historic Tyne pedestrian and cyclist tunnels.
Advantex Network Solutions is providing a new IP infrastructure, which involves installing water-resistant fibre optic emergency cabling across the Grade-II listed structure’s 270-metre length.
The work, which is already underway, will allow for the connectivity of IP security systems, telephony and other IT services.
The technology is part of a package of improvements being undertaken by owners Joint Transport Committee, which represents the North East and North of Tyne Combined Authorities to provide fast, reliable and cost-effective IP cameras, access control and communications systems for the tunnels.
The Advantex contract, worth an undisclosed six-figure sum, will also include onsite and remote technical back up and annual health checks for all network hardware and software.
Bosses say using IP technology will enable surveillance equipment to be specified and designed to improve operational management, particularly around tunnel safety and security.
Tony Easingwood, account manager at Advantex, which has a £7m turnover and employs almost 60 people at its Follingsby Park head office, said the work further strengthens the company’s marketplace reputation.
He said: “We’re seeing continued demand for IP-based solutions. These allow our clients to migrate from out-dated systems to new digital security and telecoms technologies that operate from remote and secure sites.
“We are continuing to work with leading North East businesses to help them improve their operations through the provision of quality advice and network infrastructure services.”
Alastair Swan, of Newcastle City Council, said Advantex’s work means thousands of travellers will benefit from new levels of safety and security every month.
He added: “This is an important investment for us, providing not only a technology-based deterrent but also delivering assurances that our customers will be in a safe and secure environment.
“Advantex’s proven experience in designing and delivering technology solutions for demanding operational conditions, together with cost effective aftercare, also impressed.”
Advantex was established in 2002 and is a Cisco Premier, Microsoft, and Mitel Silver accredited partner.
As part of the tunnels’ wider redevelopment, new concrete floor paving slabs are being installed to provide a better surface for cyclists and pedestrians.