Newcastle-based manufacturer of fingerprint recognition systems Ievo has completed work on a project as part of the ongoing restoration and refurbishment of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels.The company was contracted by Phoenix Eye Security to supply its Ievo Ultimate fingerprint readers for turnstiles at both ends of the construction site.This secured access to the development site for the 60 staff working on the scheme, with this number soon set to increase to 120.Craig White, business development manager at Phoenix Eye, said the previous system of numbered tags and a signing book was “simply no longer fit-for purpose”.”It's a unique heritage site with its own challenges but not out of the norm for ourselves,” he added.”We've worked with Ievo equipment before and our staff recommend it in a variety of sectors, particularly construction where workers may not have the cleanest hands but we haven't had a failure yet.”For ourselves, the system very quickly pays for itself, negating the need for re-ordering key cards for lost cards or new workers and is robust enough to withstand the riverside construction environment.”Cloe Snell, regional manager – North for Ievo, said: “The Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel project needed to remain operational regardless of the weather conditions or the amount of users enrolled – being able to provide a system that can help identify and manage a large workforce is what the equipment is designed for.”The security staff like the ease of use for both enrolment and regular access, while the overall system's ability to generate accurate and reliable reports is a vast improvement upon the previous system used on site.”Originally opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the twin 900ft long tunnels were among the first to be used by both cyclists and pedestrians. They were awarded grade II listing in 2000 and closed in 2013 for the refurbishment work to begin.