in Taramani, the gateway to the cyber-corridor in Tamil Nadu,
Tidel Park is the largest technology park of its kind in Asia.
Built with the objective of providing a 'plug-and-play' facility
to IT firms, it is spread over 1.2 million square feet.
It represents an architecturally modern, Intelligent Building
Complex, designed by Architects C. R. Narayana Rao. The building
management system has been designed, implemented and commissioned
by RACE India.
According to R. Suresh of RACE India, buildings are no longer
simply "working environments". They are integral to business
operations. Competitiveness depends on building performance.
Building Automation System, with a high-level of system
integration, has been executed at Tidel Park. The Integrated
Building Management System, at Tidel, ensures comfort and safety
for the tenants, by controlling and managing the air-conditioners,
lifts, access control systems and all plant and machinery installed.
The Tidel Park building has all the attributes of a smart building
Energy Management Systems - Airconditioning, ventilation, smoke
exhaust systems, heat recovery units and chillers with Thermal
Energy Storage tanks and water management systems.
Life Safety Measures - Fire detection, access control, Closed
Circuit Television Cameras(CCTV).
Telecommunication Systems and Office Automation Systems - UPS,
EPABX, Public Address system and channelled music system.
IBMS control room is the nerve centre of the whole building. It
houses 10 workstations including an NT server, a 100 mb ethernet
link and 12 CCTV monitors. The nerve centre is fed with power from
a 60 Kva UPS from the IBMS network room. The network room also houses
the EPABX, Public Address System racks and the distribution panels
for the UPS. All the IBMS controllers and sensors are supported
on the central UPS by a network of 4 bus ducts. The UPS also feeds
the fire alarm and access system.
The EPABX system handles more than 200 lines and is integrated
with the fire alarm and voice paging on the Public Address System.
Voice paging and alarm messaging are features integrated with the
fire alarm and building maintenance system
The Integrated Building Management System at Tidel saves real money
Reducing energy consumption, through scheduled operations of
chillers and pumps for optimal wear and tear.
Freeing the staff for other duties
Improving the building environment
Enhancing the efficiency of operation
Increasing the comfort level of employees and
Extending the life of capital equipment
More than 3,500 fire alarm
Over 40 barriers and turnstiles,
for access control and security
Entry, only by smart cards
Over 72 CCTV cameras for
24 hours monitoring
Escalators connecting common
19 large capacity high speed
lifts and heavy duty service lifts for vertical transportation
The Thermal Energy Storage
tank has a capacity of 24,000 Thermal Hours. This system is
the third largest in the world
Pre-wired offices with 20
MBPS links, digital exchange phone lines and communication networks
through Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd- Department of Tele-communication
(VSNL-DoT) and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)
16 underground sumps and
overhead tanks. Associated pumps are monitored and automated
to ensure that the tenants' taps do not run dry
Author : Anuradha Sriraman
Photographs : V Ganesan