The new Bahrain World Trade Center is on the cutting-edge of a post 9/11 trend toward “intelligent office building design.” The two 50-story towers incorporate a structured cabling system that integrates SMART features that include surveillance, data, energy and other operating systems. Security features include the latest in closed circuit television surveillance and monitoring, automated tenant access to common areas, parking facilities and individual floors, as well as a “warning and response” system. In addition, the building provides tenants with crisis management, disaster recovers and business continuity services. Additional integrated services that are becoming popular range from visitor management to web-based billing inquiry systems. Wireless messaging in hot spot areas allow access to voicemail, fax and email and enable tenants to install Wifi and high speed broadband Internet enabled hardware. Additional features include innovative air conditioning systems and wind energy systems that generate 15% of the property’s electrical needs.
Source: Middle East Company News (Dubai); Jun 3, 2006