BWTC goes for beauty and intelligence

A Singapore-based company is looking to prove that beauty is more than skin deep — for buildings at least — by providing an intelligent building solution for Bahrain’s first World Trade Centre (BWTC).

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By  Diana Milne Published  October 9, 2005

A Singapore-based company is looking to prove that beauty is more than skin deep — for buildings at least — by providing an intelligent building solution for Bahrain’s first World Trade Centre (BWTC). A senior executive from NCS told IT Weekly that architects should devote as much attention to planning the inside of a building as the outside — particularly when it comes to the building’s ICT infrastructure. Alongside Bahrain’s Xpand Advisory, NCS has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by Awal Hoteling to provide an intelligent building solution for the BWTC that will integrate ICT, engineering capabilities and facility management services into a total framework. “I have spoken to a lot of companies and in terms of buildings it all seems to be about bigger and better. They spend a lot of time designing the outside of the building and not designing the inside,” said Jonathan Tan, deputy director of business development, intelligent building at NCS. “Our approach is to design buildings in a holistic way.” When it opens, BWTC tenants will have access to high-speed broadband internet access, IP telephony and wireless and unified messaging — all on a single converged voice-data-video network. The aim is for tenants to access IT facilities and amenities as easily as they can access water and electricity. “We want to provide the tenants of the building with utility on tap when it comes to ICT,” Tan claimed. “When they come in everything will be set up for them. Straightaway they will have connectivity and storage space. There will also be a redundancy back-up solution installed.” This approach has more than cosmetic benefits, Tan claimed. “All of this means that companies will not need such a big IT team — it will cut staff costs,” he noted. The BWTC is expected to open next summer. It is located on the Bahrain Commerical Complex site in Manama. It will be made up of two 50-storey towers of pointed glass and steel, which will be the tallest buildings in central Manama.

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