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Sharjah installs more smart meters to bolster digital utility

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has so far completed installation of 48,000 smart meters in various parts of Sharjah

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Smart meters are driving efficiency in utility consumption
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Smart meters are driving efficiency in utility consumption

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is progressing with its push for digital transformation and smart grid with the installation of more smart meters.

SEWA is currently replacing between 400 to 600 meters every day in Sharjah’s industrial and residential area.

The utility has so far completed installation of 48,000 smart meters in various parts of Sharjah, according to SEWA chairman Dr Rashid Alleem.

Dr. Al Leem noted that more than 450,000 smart meters will be installed across the emirate by 2020 as part of SEWA’s wider smart transformation strategy.

Dr. Al Leem says that the introduction of smart meters is allowing users to have full control of their utility consumption, ensuring greater customer satisfaction and also allowing optimum use of the existing power and water capacity.

SEWA is already replacing old meters in a number of commercial and industrial areas, including Shahba and Alkhozamah, Semnan and industrial areas 6 and 12 and Ghuwair area.

We have chosen to take the smart and clean way to guarantee our relevancy in an ever evolving society and to ensure sustainability,” Dr. Al Leem recently told UME.


Smart meter technology

Dr. Al leem points out that due to the high demand on the national grid, diversification of a country’s energy system and supply is important, and that for this to happen, advanced technology must be fully tapped.

To emphasise the need for innovation, SEWA has signed long term partnership agreements with globally recognised brands such as Siemens, ABB, GE, Rolls Royce and IBM to amplify the use of smart technologies across various operations in the hope to enhance service delivery.

SEWA is already putting in place a smart grid infrastructure that will ensure zero downtime through a robust system of grid monitoring.

Sharja is home to the region’s biggest smart control screen that helps to monitor electric current flow right from generation, transmission to distribution from SEWA’s Nasseriya control room.

The $8.6mn control room monitor has been helpful in reducing power outages, one of the key complaints from customers, according to Dr. Al Leem.

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