North East Combined Authority

Phoenix Eye and ievo secure multi-million North East hertitage
restoration project

The North East Combined Authority (NECA), a legal body combining the seven councils serving County Durham, Gateshead,Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland instigated the refurbishment works of the historicGrade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels as part of its heritage program. The multi-million pound project, which will include the replacement of two of the original four escalators (largest wooden escalators in the world) with inclined lifts and the replacement of the tunnels’ ageing mechanical and electrical systems. The restoration project has been approved to serve the
local residents with easy pedestrian access to both sides of the Tyne river, whilst also support local heritage sites seen as iconic locations in the North East, UK

Phoenix Eye and ievo secure multi-million North East hertitage restoration project

Type of system: Temporary Access Control/CCTV System for Construction Site
Location: Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels, North East, UK
Installer/Provider: Phoenix Eye Ltd

The North East Combined Authority (NECA), a legal body combining the seven councils serving County Durham, Gateshead,Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland instigated the refurbishment works of the historicGrade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels as part of its heritage program. The multi-million pound project, which will include the replacement of two of the original four escalators (largest wooden escalators in the world) with inclined lifts and the replacement of the tunnels’ ageing mechanical and electrical systems. The restoration project has been approved to serve the
local residents with easy pedestrian access to both sides of the Tyne river, whilst also support local heritage sites seen as iconic locations in the North East, UK

Solution:

Using sophisticated ‘Eye Access’ systems, each of which consists of single full height bi-directional turnstile; two ievo ultimate™
readers (one each side of the turnstile) controlled by one ievo REV4 control board, partnered with a CCTV (‘Eye Tower’) system,
Phoenix Eye were able to securely protect both the North and South entry points to the project site. Utilising the IP65 rating of
the ultimate reader and the PoE option were vital in fulfilling the standards set out by Phoenix Eye’s cutting edge solutions. The
workforce enrolled on the ievo system using the ievo desktop registration unit and time and attendance was monitored with the
Paxton timesheet software. The simple and adaptive nature of ievo and Phoenix Eye solutions meant that the entire access control
and CCTV was set-up and running within a week.

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Results:

The site team were highly impressed with the ease of use of the biometric access control system. Vastly improving on the antiquated
and time consuming tag system previously used whereby a numbered tag and sign in a book were used to register being on site.
The Eye Access system takes care of all of this by registering an employee’s biometric data and allowing the system to determine
identification of a user and providing access depending on their access credentials. Since installation the site team have noticed a
significant increase in efficiency and enhanced monitoring of attendance.

Core Benefits:

• Positive return on investment – with no additional costs
• IP65 rating allowing for prolonged, external use in harsh weather environments
• Integrated system for simple, effective and reliable solution for access control and CCTV security
• Easy to use system

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