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DEWA sets smart strategy at GITEX

Dubai utility focuses on mobile app, three new initiatives for Smart Dubai

DEWA sets smart strategy at GITEX
caption: DEWA is studying the roll out of electric car chargers.

DEWA's participation at this year's GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK is focused on its mobile app for customers and three new initiatives for Smart Dubai.

The utility company is demonstrating its plans for electric cars, which is currently under development with the Roads & Transport Authority and the Ministry of Energy. DEWA is studying the market demand for charging stations, and will use this determine their location, with 100 charging stations planned to be in place by the end of 2015.

Also to improve the environment in the city, DEWA is looking to install smart meters in homes and commercial buildings, to help consumers have a better visibility of their power consumption. Huda Al Mutawa, Acting Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications of DEWA, said that the company aims to have deployed 200,000 smart meters by the end of next year.

The company also aims to increase the use of solar power in the Emirate, to meet the targets of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to have 5% of all of Dubai's energy requirements provided by solar power.

DEWA will help to asses suppliers of solar panels, to ensure that they meet international standards, and to educate the public on how they can install solar panels in their homes and businesses.

"We have a strategy for building awareness of solar energy, and we have started working on it through all our communications channels. Going forward, all of the suppliers can be reached through the DEWA website, to facilitate the implementation of the project," she says.

The company is also showing its new Ash'ir service, which will allow hearing impaired-people to interact with DEWA via video link, either at home or on a mobile, to interact using sign language. At present the company is using Arabic sign language, but plans to expand to use English sign language as well.

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