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Alastair Swan, of Newcastle City Council, and Tony Easingwood, of Advantex Network Solutions.
Rebecca Wayman

New historic contract win for Gateshead's £7m turnover Advantex

Plans to improve security and IT services for the historic Tyne pedestrian and cyclist tunnels have been given the green light as part of an extensive refurbishment project.

The move will see Gateshead tech firm Advantex Network solutions provide a new IP infrastructure in an undisclosed six-figure contract.

This will involve the installation of water-resistant fibre optic emergency cabling to span the 270m length of the Grade-II listed structure.

The work, which is now underway, will see a new network infrastructure implemented by Advantex that will allow for the connectivity of IP security systems, telephony and other IT services.

Alastair Swan, of Newcastle City Council, said the 20,000 people a month who use the tunnel will benefit from new levels of safety and security.

Alastair said: “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.”

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’s Combined authorities to provide IP cameras, access control and communications systems for the tunnels, which are currently being refurbished.

The contract is the latest project for the £7m turnover firm, which currently employs almost 60 people at its Follingsby Park-based head office and recently marked 15 years since being established.

Tony Easingwood, account manager at Advantex, concluded: “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.”

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