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Dewa renews Honeywell smart grids agreement

DUBAI, October 22, 2019

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has renewed its collaboration with Honeywell to install 250,000 additional smart meters across Dubai, thus bringing the total number of Honeywell smart meters installed as part of ‘Smart Applications via Smart Grid and Meters’ initiative to 1 million.

The agreement was signed with Honeywell on the sidelines of the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2019) being held in Dubai.

The project is aimed at providing smart infrastructure for electricity transmission and distribution networks besides ensuring the speed of response to immediately reconnect in the event of any disruption, said the statement from Dewa.

It will also help rationalize consumption via smart meters; and monitor the details of consumption accurately, instantly and at any time, to enhance convenience and satisfaction levels of all citizens and residents, thereby bringing them happiness and supporting the sustainability of resources, it stated.

Smart grids come with advanced features such as automatic decision-making capabilities and interoperability across the electricity network, said the statement.

Smart meters are the main features of Dewa's ‘Smart Applications via Smart Grid and Meters’ initiative, which aims to develop an advanced infrastructure capable of supporting Dubai's efforts to become the smartest and happiest city in the world.

The strategy includes several programs aimed at improving energy management through investments in projects worth up to Dh7 billion, which are scheduled to be completed in the short, medium and long terms until 2035.

The most outstanding feature of Honeywell smart meters is flexibility and adaptability to various telecommunication technologies, whether wired or wireless, such as GPRS, RF, G3 PLC, and LPWAN among others. Honeywell smart meters will use the wireless module, it stated.

Norm Gilsdorf, President of Honeywell, High Growth Regions, Middle East, and Russia, said: "We are delighted to partner with Dewa again to expand the smart metering project. Honeywell smart meters form the basis of smart energy initiatives in Dubai. We have been working with Dewa for many years to set new standards and develop a new approach to energy use in Dubai."

"Our smart solutions enable Dewa to create a smarter power grid, providing smart energy management solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements, and cost savings for the utility firm," he stated.

It will also provide consumers with data to help them understand their usage and energy consumption patterns, said Gilsdorf.

"Our main objective and commitment are to support DEWA in the achievement of the government’s sustainability goals and promoting smarter use of electricity throughout Dubai," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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