SM&W was the telecommunications, audiovisual and acoustic consultant for the Petronas Twin Towers (PTT) project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - the world’s tallest buildings and headquarters for Malaysia's national oil company, Petronas. As the technology consultant for the PTT, SM&W designed a sophisticated cabling infrastructure, voice network, and data network to support the Malaysian national oil company’s worldwide operations.
The PTT represents the world’s largest, single-site, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network. The network supports approximately 7,000 user workstations connected to over 200 155 Megabits per second (Mbps) ATM fiber optic backbones. Given the mission critical nature of the network, the backbone was designed with a very high level of functional and physical redundancy.
The backbone cables are connected to a fully matrixed array of core ATM switches in the Network Control Center (NCC) with fully redundant connections to over 100 Ethernet and ATM-connected servers. Extensive use of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) allows ad hoc networks to be created as needed using drag-and-drop network management software. VLAN tec hnology also allows the entire network to be administered as a flat address space which greatly eases the burden of network management and minimizes the need for conventional routers. SM&W has also evaluated PPT’s voice communications network requirements and prepared technical RFP’s for competitive tender on a major PBX switch to support up to 7,500 staff employees.
Other challenging design work included a state-of-the-art multimedia conferencing and training facilities located on 3 floors immediately contiguous to the Skybridge which joins the twin towers.
Acoustically, SM&W provided full services in architectural and mechanical acoustics making sure all occupied spaces, including a 1200 seat concert hall in the podium area, enjoys satisfactory acoustical environments.