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Intel bids for ‘smartest building in the world’ title with new office

The PTK1 building houses 14,000 sensors that generate up to 100 terabytes of data per day.

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Intel’s new PTK1 building is all about the employee experience. Image: Intel
Intel’s new PTK1 building is all about the employee experience. Image: Intel

Intel reckons its new office in Petach Tikva, Israel, is “the smartest building in the world”.

 

The 800,000-square-foot, 11-storey building named PTK1 houses 2,000 employees and took three years to construct.

 

One of the reasons behind Intel’s claim is that PTK1 includes 14,000 sensors. Intel says 7,000 is the norm for other high-tech buildings, although The Edge in Amsterdam, often cited as the world’s smartest building, contains 30,000 embedded sensors.

 

At PTK1, these sensors monitor and control lighting, temperature, ventilation, parking, conference room availability and other building services and systems.

 

The sensors generate between 50 and 100 terabytes of data per day. This information is analysed in real-time by an Intel-based building management “system of systems”, which includes 970 APIs and 60,000 input fields and uses AI to make decisions and adjust the various systems based on different parameters.

 

 

Further, according to Intel, the LEED Platinum building’s is 40 per cent more energy-efficient than a normal office building and the water systems consume 75 per cent less water. All of the building’s power will be provided by renewable sources.

 

Employee experience

 

A shuttle service to and from the railway station runs in the mornings and Intel’s high-tech focus extends to transportation too. PTK1 has an allocated room and equipment for charging electric scooters and bikes. There is also a dedicated carpool app for employees.

 

Intel says the PTK1 building is 40 per cent more energy-efficient than a normal office building and the water systems consume 75 per cent less water.

 

Yaniv Garty, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel Israel, said: “Intel’s new PTK1 building is all about the employee experience. Leveraging the smart platform created and its countless capabilities, the building automatically adapts itself and its systems to provide the ultimate work setting for our teams, stimulating teamwork, creativity and inspiration.

 

"Ultimately, it enables our teams to continue designing the best technologies and products to fuel Intel’s data-centric strategy.”


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