Intel’s new Israel facility brings “smart” to new level

Intel unveils "smart" development center in Petach Tikva, Israel
Intel recently unveiled its new "smart" development center in Petach Tikva, Israel. (Intel)

Intel recently unveiled its new development center in Petach Tikva, Israel. Bringing “smart” to a new level, the 800,000-square-foot, 11-story building, named PTK1, has 2,000 employees, who had been scattered in eight buildings across five campuses. The employees work in computing, communication, AI and cybersecurity. They develop the technologies and products that form the foundation for a data-centered world.

The center independently runs its various systems and functions, accumulating data, processing it and using artificial intelligence (AI) to make decisions. Intel’s leaders have labeled PTK1 “the smartest building in the world.” It includes 14,000 sensors—compared with 7,000 in other high-tech buildings—that monitor or control lighting, temperature, ventilation, parking, conference room availability and other building services and systems that enable and foster smart innovation.

PTK1 produces 50 to 100 terabytes of data on a daily basis—information that is analyzed in real time by an Intel-based building management system. With no human intervention, Intel’s new development center accumulates information, processes it and uses AI to make decisions and adjust various systems based on different parameters.

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According to Intel, the building’s energy efficiency is 40% higher than that of a normal office building. The building’s water systems consume 75% less water than an ordinary building, and 100% of the building’s power will be provided by renewable sources. In addition, 95% of the construction debris was moved to recycling throughout the construction work.

The development center joins Intel Israel’s other development hubs in Haifa and Jerusalem, and the manufacturing site in Kiryat Gat.

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