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DEWA expands Honeywell's role in smart energy project

The industrial technology manufacturer is set to deploy an additional 150,000 smart meters across Dubai

DEWA's headquarters on Sheikh Rashid Road.
DEWA's headquarters on Sheikh Rashid Road.

Expanding its involvement in Dubai' smart energy project, Honeywell has been tasked by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to deploy a further 150,000 smart meters across the emirate.

Adding to the company's existing deployment of 250,000 smart meters, the new devices enable customers to receive detailed and automated readings of current energy use, as well as a breakdown of historical usage.

Tapping directly to the emirate's smart grid, Honeywell's smart meters incorporate a wide-range of telecommunications technologies, both wired and wireless. These technologies include GPRS, RF, G3 PLC and LPWAN, to name a few.

The connected solution will be able to delivery rapid updates and enhancements to the smart power network and electricity grid, thus contributing to the emirate's efforts in becoming a smart city.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said: "The Smart Dubai initiative, launched in April 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and DEWA's three smart initiatives are fully-aligned to the Dubai Plan 2021, as they will all contribute to the four primary objectives to achieve a smart and sustainable city as laid out in the Dubai Plan 2021.

"The first is for a smart, integrated and connected city: this will be directly supported by the Green Charger and Smart Grids initiatives. The second is that Dubai be sustainable with its resources, which is supported by the Shams Dubai initiative and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. DEWA is committed to ensuring the third objective, that environmental elements are clean, healthy and sustainable, by ensuring sustainability within its vision, mission and operations."

Norm Gilsdorf, Honeywell's president for the Middle East, Russia, Turkey & Central Asia regions, commented: "This is a significant opportunity for Honeywell in the region and we believe we are at the forefront of delivering technologies that enable a smarter future for the UAE and wider Middle East.

"We also congratulate DEWA on its achievements so far in driving sustainability and reducing water and electricity consumption. We look forward to working closely with DEWA to increase efficiency and promote smarter energy use," he added.