Release Date: Nov 13, 2016
Israel's largest high-tech company Intel Israel is moving its 2,500 development personnel into a new building in Petah Tikva. This 34,000 square meter building will learn the habits of every employee who chooses to disclose personal information, customize his working environment, help save energy and continue learning and improving over time. Among other things, the building will know what coffee to make for each employee, when to send him to get a haircut and recommend where to park.
Today, Intel laid the cornerstone of its Petah Tikva campus, which is one of company’s most advanced buildings worldwide and is a living demonstration of the various technologies it develops. Upon its completion, the personnel working in this building will be able to control their environment and adjust it to their needs using thousands of sensors and advanced processing capabilities. In addition, the new building will have integrated systems encouraging a healthy lifestyle, energy conservation and a green environment.
"The new building will bring together employees currently working in 13 buildings, and will enhance cooperation between the different groups," said Maxine Fassberg, Intel Israel CEO and Intel Group vice president. "The construction of this campus emphasizes the importance of our presence in Israel and reflects our values: innovation, technology and green construction. We have found real partners in the Petah Tikva Municipality, who have helped us realize this vision."
The new building will house Intel's 2,500 development personnel working in central Israel and will be based on Internet of Things (IoT) technology, also developed in Intel. Further advanced technological products developed in Intel Israel will be integrated into this building, which will be built on a 34,000 square meter plot in Petah Tikva's Kiryat Arye industrial zone, not far from Intel's current Petah Tikva campus. The building will have nine floors, as well as a 32,000 square meter underground parking. It will also contain 3,500 square meters of electronic labs, three restaurants, a café, a gym, a spa, a hairdresser, a beauty salon and a learning and convention center.
This will be a green building, with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum level certification, focusing on energy conservation and water recycling. The campus will be built as a 'learning building', which will constantly become more efficient, improving energy and water consumption, as well as the general operation of the building. As part of the focus on green construction, the R&D center will also contain covered parking for 120 bicycles, with adjacent showers. This building is highly accessible to public transportation, in line with Intel's green agenda, the first Israeli company which received the Ministry of Environmental Protection's sustainable building certification.
By using a designated application, the employees who choose to do so will be able to use personalized services. For example, the application will offer employees living around the same area to carpool to work. An employee who comes to work with his car will be directed to the available parking which is closest to his meeting's location, in synchronization with his diary. The application will even learn the employee's coffee drinking habits and will thereby be able to offer him his favorite coffee and even order it in advance for the employee to pick from the lobby on the way to his office.
One of the most noteworthy improvements offered by this building is the end to fights between employees over air conditioning. The building will study each employee's temperature preferences and, during a meeting, propose the temperature which is most accommodating for all participants. Lunches will also be based on studying employee behavior. First of all, the system will monitor the number of people eating and, if the dining room is busy, it will offer the employee to eat at another hour. In addition, the building could check, based on the employee's preferences, whether he will be interested in eating when his friends are also available. Moreover, the building will be capable of telling whether the employee's favorite dish is being served on a specific day and in which cafeteria. Every day, the screens will clearly show the employees' favorite dishes, and rating them will be possible.
Employee time management and services offered by the building will not be limited to meals. Intel's new smart campus, like any other Intel campus, will have a gym, two restaurants, meat and dairy, a café in the lobby and, of course, an entire area devoted to campus services - spa, hairdresser, laundry services and more. An employee interested in a certain service could order it and receive a notification when the service is available. Moreover, the building will be able to learn the employee's habits - if he tends to get his hair cut every two months, it will send him an SMS when a haircut is due; if an employee works out in the gym, she will be able to receive recommendations for a menu suitable for her training regimen.