ISRAEL - Intel to Invest $11 Billion in ‘Smart Buildings’

Arno Froese

Intel Corp is investing heavily in “smart buildings” in Israel that will be full of perks to keep employees happy, helping the U.S. chipmaker compete for the country’s top professionals. 

Intel, one of the biggest employers and exporters in Israel, plans to invest $11 billion to build a manufacturing facility in the country, where some of its most advanced technologies have been hatched. 

Home to more startups per capita than any other nation thanks to its advanced military and government support, Israel is suffering from a shortage of talent. 

While multinationals like Intel, Apple and Google have snapped up local startups and set up research centers, competition is making it tough to find skilled workers. 

If these efforts give Intel an edge in hiring, rival companies are expected to follow suit. 

“Anything you offer as a perk, whether it’s a gym membership or a paperless work environment or additional days for maternity leave or a go-green policy, all of these things are going to help you,” said David Gantshar, chief executive of California-based Shepherd Search Group. 

The building has an open-space format. An atrium in the center is roofed by skylights, and caps the five top floors. Health-conscious employees often use the internal stairs in the atrium instead of the elevator. 

For those seeking seclusion, there are small soundproof rooms and noise-insulated armchairs near the windows. 

The 14,000 sensors—twice the number found in similar buildings, according to company officials—detect when someone enters a room and adjust the lighting and air conditioning. 

For example, when carbon dioxide levels rise, fresh air is introduced to keep people energetic. 

The sensors and corresponding app can also help employees find the best way to travel to and from work and let them know which of the building’s three restaurants has room during lunch. The app lets workers alert other staff as to their whereabouts. 

-www.reuters.com, 5 February 2020

Arno's commentary

High-tech has become Israel’s strong suit. Global corporations the world over are eager to locate at least some of their creative work in the land of Israel. Now, a problem has arisen: Israel needs more skilled workers in this field. That indeed cannot be said about Israel’s Arab neighbors, who in some cases have trouble just existing. 

What does it mean prophetically? Israel has to become a global attraction center for knowledge. Knowledge and wisdom, of course, come from the Word of God, and that Word of God came to Israel in the flesh. It is the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom John wrote: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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