On the other hand

September 28, 2019 by Michael Kuttner
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A New Year dawns and Israel stands poised to make yet another twelve months of record-shattering innovative achievements. Coalition negotiations may be deadlocked but out in the real world our doctors, researchers, entrepreneurs and scientists are working overtime to make this country a powerhouse of innovation.


 MDA has started work on a new blood bank — a $130 million project that will make Israel the only nation in the world with an underground blood bank, safe from missiles, chemical and biological attacks and earthquakes.

It will be a state-of-the-art complex, said Moshe Noyovich, a senior Israel representative of the American Friends of Magen David Adom and also overseeing the project. “No blood centre in the world will be as shielded as ours.”

Design of the new centre started five years ago, and cranes and workers have started building the structure, which is hoped to be ready by the end of 2020.

The 5.43-acre facility in the city of Ramle, some 20 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, will consist of six floors, an adjacent MDA logistics centre, and parking spaces for bloodmobiles, ambulances and donors. The top three floors will hold rooms for blood donations, a training centre and the facility’s administrative centre. The lower three floors, underground, will be protected by special shielding to specifications from the Home Front Command and the National Security Agency; it is here that the blood will be stored and processed. The facility will be able to produce 500,000 units annually, which will meet the WHO target taking into account population growth. It will be able to produce and process 2,200 blood units daily (up to 3,500 units in an emergency situation), compared to the current 1,100 units produced daily. The numbers of staff will more than double from 184 to 374 employees.

The new centre will be protected against missile attacks, biological and chemical attacks, and earthquakes, and will have enough space to accommodate the latest technologies both for processing blood and for keeping the site safe from cyber-attacks. There will be a special shielded storage space for a strategic supply of blood, the minimum necessary for emergencies, such as natural disasters, wars or other catastrophic events.


 Where do you expect the smartest people to work? In the smartest building of course and now Israel makes this a reality.

Intel has unveiled its new development centre in Petah Tikvah, which it considers to be the “smartest building in the world.”

The massive 75,000 sq. meter (approx. 800,000 sq. ft.) building will host 2,000 employees from the former Petah Tikvah and Ra’anana campuses. The new campus that has approximately 14,000 sensors installed facilitates smart lighting and temperature, doubling the standard number for a building of its size. The lighting and window shading will automatically change according to the natural light throughout the day.

Elevators in the building use smart algorithms to learn the travel patterns of elevator users to expect where they are likely to be at any given time, shortening waiting times.

The building boasts extremely high energy efficiency, fairing 40 percent better than the industry’s standard. Its water system uses 75 percent less water than other buildings, and 95 percent of the building waste created during construction was recycled.

The parking lot includes 1,200 parking spots which are automatically monitored, following the occupancy and allowing employees to better plan their day with parking availability in mind.

The building will also include a gym, spa centre, barber, music and playroom, synagogue and computer lab.



One Response to “On the other hand”
  1. Dorothy Stevens says:

    So Beautiful and so true We may not have a check but daily we have air to breathe each night we have the stars to see and most of us have more food than we need, family and friends to enjoy and all of us have the love of the Eternal Father God.

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