DEWA explores virtual reality for utility inspections
DEWA will implement SAP's virtual reality and Internet of Things to inspect its electricity and water networks
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has unveiled a pilot project for remote utility inspection using virtual reality (VR).
The implementation combines autonomous robots from SAP's VR and Internet of Things (IoT) to remotely inspect DEWA's electricity and water networks. This will aim to enhance its utility inspection and maintenance by making it faster, safer and cost-effective. DEWA is currently deploying the system as a proof of concept in a high-voltage power tunnel in Dubai.
"DEWA is taking a new step in its quest for excellence in smart transformation by adopting VR technology. This enhances our operations, and accelerates the innovation process for further success and achievement," said Marwan Bin Haider, executive vice president of Innovation and the Future at DEWA.
Tayfun Topkoc, managing director, SAP UAE, added: "Launching the remote inspection system demonstrates DEWA's global leadership in government innovation, and showcases practical examples of IoT and VR technology. SAP is committed to further supporting the UAE's government future digital transformation to solve business challenges, enhance citizen services, and co-drive innovation."
This is in implementation of the National Innovation Strategy launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world.