Dubai starts deploying smart utility meters
Dubai, November 11, 2013
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has started replacing all mechanical and electromechanical water and electricity meters in Dubai with hitech smart meters based on the latest global technological specifications.
The Dewa move comes as part of the implementation of the Smart City initiative launched by 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, said a staatement from the utility.
Dewa has developed a five-year plan to complete the 'Smart Networks and Meters' project estimated to cost Dh7 billion. A dedicated team will be replacing a total of 250,000 meters in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors in three phases.
Commenting on the initiative, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the MD and CEO said Dewa was working to fulfil the directives of Sheikh Mohammed 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," he noted.
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 the customers with detailed information on their monthly consumption, and thus help identify best ways to rationalise consumption to reduce their monthly bills.
“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,” remarked 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,” he added Al Tayer.-TradeArabia News Service