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Siemens provides intelligent climate control for River Safari's Giant Panda Forest

Siemens has provided a comprehensive climate control solution for River Safari to help the park monitor, control and maintain the environmental conditions for the comfort of giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia in the Giant Panda Forest.
With Singapore’s tropical climate, it is imperative that the environmental conditions within the Giant Panda Forest are monitored and controlled to maintain healthy living conditions for its flora and fauna. The Giant Panda Forest is a 1,500m2 state-of-the-art biodome designed and landscaped to simulate the giant pandas' natural habitat in the rugged highlands of China. Siemens’ intelligent climate control solution will ensure that the exhibit is climate-controlled to a cool and comfortable 18° to 22°C for two beautiful giant pandas as well as the golden pheasants and red pandas.
The solution includes the design and installation of the Siemens APOGEETM building management system for climate control, chiller plant automation, electrical monitoring of the entire power distribution system.
“The Giant Panda Forest has been an ambitious project, because its success and longevity depends on how well it can simulate and sustain the temperate forests of China, in spite of Singapore’s tropical climate,” said Peter Halliday, Head of Building Technologies Division for Siemens Pte Ltd. “Doing so requires an extremely intelligent and complex climate control solution, which can seamlessly monitor and control multiple systems operating under different climate set points, all while being energy-efficient. Siemens is proud to be able to provide this solution to River Safari, and become a technology partner in such a momentous project.”
The three key elements that determine climate are temperature, humidity and ventilation, and Siemens climate control solution helps the exhibit to meet its respective environmental requirements, with no downtime. For the Giant Panda Forest, Siemens’ building management system controls the performance of the daytime chiller plant and nighttime refrigerant system, to maintain optimal temperature levels. To negate the risk of a chiller plant failure, Siemens’ building management system will automatically switch to the back-up chiller so that comfort and climate conditions are not disrupted. At all times, Siemens climate control solution keeps the variance of the exhibit’s indoor temperature to a minimal +/- 1 degree Celsius at most. Siemens is proud to present this intelligent climate control solution as a form of sponsorship to River Safari Panda Chiller Plant System
“River Safari is designed with utmost concern for the environment and brings together the best in state-of-the-art exhibit artistry and technology. Through this park, we aim to inspire visitors to appreciate and protect fragile freshwater ecosystems,” said Cham Tud Yin, Director, Exhibit Design and Development, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “With our shared vision on environmental protection, we are pleased to partner with Siemens and tap on their expertise in green innovations and environmental sustainability.”

River Safari is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, and is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks. Occupying 12 hectares and developed at S$160 million, the park is home to over 150 plant species and 5,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals representing 300 species, including one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals.

River Safari aims to inspire visitors to appreciate and protect fragile freshwater ecosystems, and is home to endangered species such as the Giant Panda and the Mekong Giant Catfish. These magnificent animals are housed in themed exhibits that mirror eight river habitats from the Mississippi to the Amazon.

River Safari is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826. More information can be found at

About Siemens
With 4 companies and employing around 2,000 people, Siemens is one of the largest European companies in Singapore. Siemens delivers cutting-edge solutions and technologies in the fields of industry, energy, healthcare and infrastructure & cities. Established in Singapore since 1908, it is responsible for many of the country’s key infrastructure projects, and has been setting the pace of growth and development for this island-nation. In fiscal 2012 (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012), sales to customers amounted to EUR 435.7 million and new orders totaled EUR 496.8 million.

For further information on Siemens Singapore, please visit our website.

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Sharon Teo

Siemens Pte Ltd, Public Relations

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