DEWA extends use of drone fleet

Drones now used in number of roles including inspection and maintenance

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DEWA extends use of drone fleet DEWA operates a fleet of drones for multiple different roles.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 1, 2016

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has improved its use of drone technology in a number of operational areas.

The utility company launched its ‘Sirb' drone initiative last year, and has since expanded the use of drones to include topographic surveys, thermal inspection of overhear power lines, and photovoltaic panel maintenance. Drones are also being used to search for and identify oil spills and red tide algae blooms.

DEWA operates a fleet of Fixed-wing and multi rotor drones, using upgradeable technologies such as high-definition cameras that are equipped with night-vision, lasers and GPS sensors, and can measure pressure, height, magnetic fields, and use ultrasound scanning.

The company says that the use of drones has allowed it have quicker response times and greater accuracy in monitoring, and that it has also improved operation efficiency and reduced risk.

"DEWA uses drone technology in its Sirb initiative, to improve its operational efficiency, and provide seamless and easy-to-use services according to the highest international standards, to make everyone happier. This supports the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE as an international centre for developing drone technologies and a global hub for civilian drone applications, to enhance the services provided to society," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

"DEWA attaches great importance to innovation and making use of the latest international technologies. This supports the National Innovation Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to position the UAE as one of the most innovative countries in the world, and the Dubai Innovation Strategy announced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world. It also supports DEWA's efforts to drive innovation and creativity in renewable and clean energy, and water, and its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility," added Al Tayer.

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