The sustainability solutions specialist is using AI and smart building technology from Microsoft and Johnson Controls for its cutting edge headquarters in the UAE.
Environmental services provider Bee’ah has teamed with Microsoft and Johnson Controls to outfit its new headquarters in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with an “array” of artificial intelligence (AI) and smart building solutions.
From digital workspaces to smart back-office integration, and from smart lobby-visitor management to smart security, employees and visitors will experience a diverse range of cutting-edge AI features through multiple touchpoints.
These touchpoints will be across various functions including HR, customer care, procurement, administration, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, alongside a “digital concierge” for every occupant and visitor.
Using its Digital Vault offering and extended capabilities built on Microsoft Azure, Johnson Controls will work with Microsoft to equip the building with intelligent edge systems, devices and software designed to optimise energy efficiency, and make the best use of available space.
Evoteq, Bee’ah’s digital venture, will serve as the technical project management partner for the project, deploying integrated solutions and enhanced digital capabilities for greater operational output.
“Environmental sustainability and digital technologies are mutually inclusive factors in driving an economy of the future,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO, Bee’ah.
“Our headquarters embodies our vision for this future and exemplifies the most sustainable solutions and advanced technologies, with no compromise on strategic partnerships, innovation or delivery. This will be the first building in the region, and one of the first in the world, to have full integration with AI to support new seamless experiences for optimisation of efficiencies, performance and functionality.”
“Environmental sustainability and digital technologies are mutually inclusive factors in driving an economy of the future”
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Bee’ah’s new headquarters will be fully powered by renewable energy and optimised for the sustainable use of resources to have zero net energy consumption and achieve a LEED platinum certification — the highest recognition awarded to green buildings.
Under the agreement, Johnson Controls will deploy a technical infrastructure for the building capable of monitoring its entire environment virtually with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins and IoT technologies. The solution will enable Bee’ah to analyse volumes of data to optimise building operations and drive efficiency.
As Bee’ah’s exclusive cloud provider, Microsoft aims to optimise the experience of the building for people through technology and solutions powered by Microsoft Azure. Intelligent concierge capabilities will engage visitors and employees to help locate available meeting spaces, book appointments, give directions, hail rides and support day-to-day tasks.
These AI-powered personal concierge services are believed to be the first in the Middle East designed specifically for building occupants.
“Digital Vault and our building apps will give Bee’ah the power to make faster, intelligent data-driven decisions to run its headquarters more safely, efficiently and sustainably and will increase productivity for the people working and visiting Bee’ah’s headquarters,” added Bill Jackson, vice president and president, global products, building technologies and solutions, Johnson Controls.
“Through this project, we are showcasing how the cloud and AI can tap into data from physical spaces to drive better engagement with occupants and achieve new levels of efficiency and sustainability.”
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