DEWA taps Silver Spring for smart grid infrastructure

IoT innovator Silver Spring Networks to provide a mesh canopy for smart services

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DEWA taps Silver Spring for smart grid infrastructure   Two-way IoT technology for energy applications could help ease burden on fossil fuels while furthering energy efficiency, says Bell
By  David Ndichu Published  May 14, 2017

DEWA has entered into an agreement with Silver Spring Networks International to establish a communication platform based on IPv-6 multi-applications RF Mesh Canopy for Smart Grid applications. Mike Bell, President & CEO, explains what this means for DEWA and Dubai.

What has Silver Spring Networks’ experience been in the area of IoT and Smart Grids?

For more than a decade, Silver Spring Networks has been delivering network infrastructure for some of the biggest utilities and cities on the planet, and were the first to use IPv6 which has now become the proven default for two-way smart grid communications.

We’ve connected over 25 million devices on five continents, including working with Singapore Power for smart metering, with UK Power Networks to integrate wind power customers, and in cities including New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Melbourne, Copenhagen, London, Paris, and now Dubai.

By leveraging an open IoT network and software, the grid can be made smarter to enhance energy efficiency and to better integrate renewables, distributed generation, and energy storage, and to give consumers more information to better manage their energy.

Our founding vision was to deliver value to our customers by applying Internet technology and an open platform approach to create massive-scale device networks for society’s most critical infrastructure. With over 25.5 million devices already connected, our platform can run multiple applications over a single open network. We have also cultivated a broad ecosystem of partners, extending the value of our platform by offering customers an unparalleled choice of interoperable solutions from more than 125 partners.

The network canopy that we’re deploying is particularly well suited for connecting devices and infrastructure in hard-to-reach places: Imagine devices that are underground in a high-rise building, down an ally, in a metal box, or behind the doors of a steel vault.

What is SSN doing with and for DEWA?

We have entered into an agreement with DEWA to establish a communication platform based on IPv-6 multi-applications Radio Frequency (RF) Mesh Canopy for Smart Grid applications, such as smart electricity, water meter and distribution automation. The new communication platform will cover the whole of Dubai, including Hatta, and will serve all the communication requirements for any Smart Grid Applications.

The agreement includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of RF mesh canopy for smart grids. This will allow DEWA to provide secure and reliable communications for smart electricity and water systems, as well as additional services in the future. The move reinforces DEWA’s efforts to implement the Smart Dubai initiative to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city in the world.

Dubai continues to establish the infrastructure that will underpin its smart growth and connectivity in the future. Our open, standards-based solutions enable utilities, cities, and companies to accelerate adoption of IoT devices and services, allowing millions of devices to be securely connected over varying conditions and environments.  Dubai will join many regions around the world where Silver Spring has deployed this technology

We are committed to offering our customers standards-based, multi-application solutions that can help accelerate the development of smart infrastructure of the future. With the heavy reliance on fossil fuels in the region, two-way IoT technology for energy applications could help ease this burden while furthering energy efficiency. DEWA’s grid modernisation initiative will help transform the infrastructure underpinning Dubai to help create a more sustainable and smarter future for the region.

Why is this announcement important?

SSNI is committed to offering our customers standards-based, multi-application solutions that can help accelerate the development of smart infrastructure of the future.  DEWA’s grid modernisation initiative will help transform the infrastructure underpinning Dubai to help create a more sustainable and smarter future.

Oftentimes, we see utilities and cities trying to focus on a specific use case without thinking big picture on what this deployment could mean for their business or their customers or citizens down the line. We encourage all utilities and cities that are considering any smart energy, smart cities or Internet of Things applications to set out a vision, as DEWA has done, of what they want to achieve long-term and leverage an open standards-based, multi-application technology that can provide opportunities today and in the long-term.

What does this mean for the future of Dubai and the region?

Dubai has long been a pioneer in energy and infrastructure innovation to support its economic growth and sustainability goals. With still a heavy reliance on fossil fuels in the GCC, two-way IoT technology for energy applications could help ease this burden while furthering energy efficiency. DEWA’s grid modernisation initiative will help transform the infrastructure underpinning Dubai to help create a more sustainable and smarter future for the region.

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