Technical Visit to Tencent’s new Headquarters “Tencent Seafront Tower” on Smart City Technologies
By Ir Wilson Wong
The LT Division organised the above visit on 22 March 2019. A total of about 25 participants were greeted by an ambassador of Tencent and had a private guided tour.
Tencent's new headquarters “Tencent Binhai Building”, also named as “Tencent Seafront Tower”, is located in Shenzhen Nanshan and is designed to fit approximately 10,000 employees. It is an intelligent building designed with a variety of green spaces. Different new technologies are applied in this twin-skyscrapers, such as rapid facial recognition for security and employee access control.
We were first introduced the background and development of Tencent. Founded in 1998, Tencent is an internet-based technology and cultural enterprise. The company surpassed the market value of US$500 billion in 2018, becoming the first Asian technology company to cross the valuation mark. Through the company’s two principal business operations, ‘social platforms’ and ‘digital content’, Tencent develops and delivers game-changing products, such as social communication platforms ‘Weixin/WeChat’ and ‘QQ’. Guided by its “user-oriented” business philosophy, Tencent achieves its mission via the delivery of integrated internet solutions to over 1 billion netizens.
We walked along the exhibition route which showcased the design of Tencent’s servers, business plans and a variety of products ranging from video games (including Honor of Kings - the world's most popular and highest-grossing game of all time as well as the most downloaded app globally), film production, intelligent transportation systems, to medical technology innovations.
Tencent also provides cutting-edge financial technology and seamless mobile payment solutions that are supporting the development of smart cities, smart transport and smart retail. Through the visit to this fastest-growing tech giant, we were able to gain precious insights into the real-world applications of technology, the back office operations of technology businesses and the future trend of technology innovations.
Participants visited the Tencent new Headquarters “Tencent Binhai Building”