DEWA signs Silver Spring for smart grid network
Silver Spring Networks to provide mesh network to connect DEWA's AED 7bn smart grid
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed an agreement with Silver SpringNetworks to develop an internet-of-things communications network to connect smart grid solutions.
The agreement includes the development of a communication platform based on IPv-6 multi-applications Radio Frequency (RF) Mesh Canopy, which will cover the whole of Dubai to enable connectivity and control for smart metering, sensors and so on.
The agreement include 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.
DEWA said that the smart gird project will cost 7bn dirhams ($1.9bn).
DEWA intends to build a wide and integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission and distribution systems. Smart grid includes demand side management, assets management, power stations and networks automation, systems integration and smart metering.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, commented: "We are pleased to collaborate with Silver Spring Networks who have a globally proven Internet of Things networking platform that will give us a high-performance network to reliably deliver multiple electricity and water services, to the people of Dubai. Also, we intend to ensure that this platform is completely scalable to easily deploy new services in the future."
"We're honoured to partner with DEWA to bring our networking platform to the UAE, as 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 iconic cities around the world where Silver Spring has deployed this technology," said Mike Bell, President and CEO, Silver Spring Networks.
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 Middle East, two-way IoT technology for energy applications could help ease this burden while furthering energy efficiency. DEWA's grid modernization initiative will help transform the infrastructure underpinning Dubai to help create a more sustainable and smarter future for the region," added Ayse Ildeniz, Chief Operating Officer, Silver Spring Networks.