As part of the implementation of the Smart City initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to transform Dubai into a smart city, 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 meters in Dubai with state-of-the-art smart meters based on the latest global technological specifications.
Dewa has developed a five-year plan to complete the project, estimated to cost Dh7 billion, with a dedicated Dewa team replacing 250,000 meters in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, said that Dewa is working to fulfil the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to drive the sustainable development of Dubai, by devoting all its efforts and resources to enhancing the Emirate’s position as a global hub for trade, finance, and tourism.
“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 Al Tayer.
“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 meters 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.