Bee'ah unveils details of it's new AI-enabled HQ
Sustainability consultanct Bee'ah plans new Sharjah headquarters building with AI-enabled smart building services
Waste management and environment consulting company Bee’ah has unveiled details of its new ‘AI integrated’ corporate HQ.
The Sharjah HQ, which has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, will include extensive use of AI and smart building technology.
The building’s smart systems, which have been developed in partnership with Microsoft, Johnson Controls and Evoteq, include smart concierge, integrated back-office functions and energy and space management.
Bee’ah said that the building, which is due to open in Q4 this year, will be the first fully-integrated AI office building in the MENA region. The building will have AI-enabled functions including HR, customer care, procurement, administration, and multiple building management systems.
Controls will work with Microsoft to outfit the new building with intelligent edge systems, devices and software designed to optimize energy efficiency, make the best use of available space and help the building’s occupants be more productive through a virtual AI persona.
Evoteq, Bee’ah’s digital venture, will serve as the technical project management partner for this unique project, deploying integrated solutions and enhanced digital capabilities for greater operational output.
Designed by the renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, Bee’ah’s futuristic new headquarters will be fully-powered by renewable energy and optimized for the sustainable use of resources to have zero net energy consumption and achieve a LEED platinum certification — the highest recognition awarded to green buildings.
Under the agreement, Johnson Controls will deploy a technical infrastructure for the building capable of monitoring its entire environment virtually with Microsoft Azure Digital Twins and IoT technologies. The solution will enable Bee’ah to analyze volumes of data to optimize building operations and drive efficiency.
As Bee’ah’s exclusive cloud provider, Microsoft will also optimize the experience of the building for people through technology and solutions powered by Microsoft Azure. Intelligent concierge capabilities will engage visitors and employees to help locate available meeting spaces, book appointments, give directions, hail rides and support day-to-day tasks. These AI-powered personal concierge services will be the first in the Middle East designed specifically for building occupants.
“Environmental sustainability and digital technologies are mutually inclusive pillars in driving an economy of the future and are deeply ingrained in everything we do at Bee’ah,” said HE Khaled Al Huraimel, Bee’ah’s Group CEO.
“By partnering with the world’s leading technology firms and sector shapers, our new headquarters will embody our vision for this future and exemplify the most sustainable solutions and advanced technologies, with no compromise on innovation or delivery.”
Al Huraimel added, “Our new HQ will be the first building in the UAE and MENA region, and one of the first in the world, to have full integration with AI to support new seamless experiences for optimization of efficiencies, performance and functionality. Our office of the future will manifest our commitment to the continual advancement of our valued staff body, and AI solutions will provide new avenues of employee development and operational convenience. We look forward to the gradual rollout of AI-powered smart building solutions at other Bee’ah offices and locations across the UAE.”