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Middle East could save $10bn with smart tech

Smart tech could save the Middle East billions in infrastructure

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GCC countries could save up to $10bn with smarter technology. (Getty Images)
GCC countries could save up to $10bn with smarter technology. (Getty Images)

A report by a global management consultancy has said that the Middle East could save more than $10 billion in infrastructural investment by 2020, through the use of smart technology in monitoring and measuring energy usage.

The report by A.T. Kearney indicates that the use of smart metering and smart grids can predict usage patterns and adjust power generation and transmission to convey energy to the places it is needed the most. These potential ground breaking technologies combined with the use of energy-efficient lighting and illumination systems can prove extremely beneficial to the economies of the GCC, which are known for their high energy use.

"With the extreme weather conditions that prevail in the region, energy consumption is very high. There is intense interest in technologies that enable optimum benefits to individuals and companies while at the same time saving energy," said Ahmed Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Light Middle East 2011, which will focus interest on energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting solutions and design.

"The use of smart metering and grids in tandem with energy-efficient modern lighting systems can result in huge savings for local economies," he added.

Kevin Lander, General Manager, Zumtobel Group, MENA region, commented: "There are so many elements to be considered when implementing design projects. Combining a range of different energy efficient solutions in the varying areas of the project can result in very efficient savings, as well as huge environmental benefits. In terms of lighting solutions, new smart technology has now made it possible to ensure that the lighting design within a project follows stringent environmental or energy efficient solutions."
 

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