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DEWA starts deploying smart utility meters

Project to cost $1.3bn; 250,000 smart metres to be installed

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has commenced implementation of the Smart Networks and Meters project, which aims to replace all mechanical and electromechanical water and electricity metres in Dubai with state-of-the-art smart metres based on the latest global technological specifications, it said in a statement.

Dewa has developed a five-year plan to complete the project, estimated to cost US$1.3bn, with a dedicated Dewa team replacing 250,000 metres in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors.

"In line with our vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, we work continuously to adopt best technological solutions that contribute to enhancing operational efficiency, enhance the quality of services we offer to our customers, and guarantee the highest environmental standards. We have formed a qualified technical team to execute the Smart Meters project over three phases at a total cost of Dh7 billion," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa.

"The first step in building a Smart City begins with smart networks for water, energy, and telecommunications, which form the backbone of future cities. The combination of smart infrastructure, renewable energy solutions, environmental initiatives and qualified staff will contribute to building a smart future for our city. We are moving forward at a solid pace," added Al Tayer.

"The new smart meters will automatically send usage readings over the latest communications systems, such as fibre optic networks, which will maintain all consumption records and consumer operations. This will make us the first service provider in the region to launch such a platform," concluded Al Tayer.

The Smart Meters project completes the implementation of smart grid networks Dewa had previously started by adopting a number of new technologies, using the latest SCADA management control centres, and intelligent control systems to achieve the highest possible levels of efficiency, availability and reliability.

The smart metres are part of a bi-directional digital communications system. It can update consumption records and send the data automatically to Dewa. Furthermore, the meters will provide Dewa's customers with detailed information on their monthly consumption, and thus help identify best ways to rationalise consumption to reduce their monthly bills.

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