Tencent’s new headquarters to be put into use next year

2017-12-07 01:33:56 GMT2017-12-07 09:33:56(Beijing Time) Sina English

TENCENT Building of Binhai, the new global headquarters of Shenzhen-based tech giant Tencent, has been completed and is scheduled to be put into service next year, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported.

The building, which is located in the Shenzhen Hi-Tech Industrial Park in Nanshan District, includes two skyscrapers connected by three functional areas with shared supporting facilities. The South Tower is a 248-meter-tall high rise with 50 floors, while the North Tower is 194 meters tall with 39 floors.

Inside the building, Tencent has applied cutting-edge technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), turning it into a “super testing ground” for exploring IoT solutions and AI. In addition, all of the facilities are embedded with QQ and WeChat software development kits.

Every employee will experience the latest achievements in the field of Internet technology upon walking in the entrance, where Tencent’s self-developed real-name identification technology provides technical support for facial recognition and the building’s security system. Visitors and friends can interact with AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) devices through their mobile phones while waiting in the lobby.

As a company that treasures its talents, every detail of the building embodies a staff-oriented mindset. The walls of the building are designed with a shading system programmed in accordance with the city’s daily sunlight. In the office, the tables can be adjusted to accommodate standing.

The move into the new building will be Tencent’s fourth relocation since its establishment. In 1998, Pony Ma started his business at SEG Technology Park in Huaqiangbei in Futian District along with dozens of employees. In 2004, Tencent settled into Fiyta Hi-Tech Building and went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange the same year. In June 2009, Tencent’s first self-designed building — Tencent Building — was completed and became the company’s national headquarters.

Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent, said the building is currently Tencent’s largest “product,” covering frontier technologies such as smart architecture, Internet-plus architecture and Internet-plus intelligent connection. “I hope the building is not only an office space, but also our second home,” said Martin Lau, president of Tencent.

Buoyed by its strong performance in the stock market, Tencent overtook Facebook to become the fifth-largest company in the world in terms of market value, at HK$4,086.4 billion (US$523.1 billion), Nov. 21. (Zhang Yu)

 Shenzhen Daily

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