AMI for world’s tallest free-standing building


Dubai, U.A.E. — (METERING.COM) — December 12, 2007 – Dubai real estate developer Emaar Properties has selected Elster’s Meridian System AMI solution for what will be the world’s tallest free-standing building, Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower).

Installation of the Meridian System with the A1350 ALPHA® meters began in October 2007 with implementation throughout 2008. Emaar Properties plans to commission the system, which will be used for tenant consumption metering and the collection of metering data, by the fourth quarter of 2008.

Rashid Ghamraoui, MEP Project senior manager for BESIX Engineering stated, "The Meridian System was demonstrated to have robust capability to function automatically based on pre-programmed schedules to collect all meter readings and generate comprehensive reports for the property management company. The Burj Dubai will be one of the highest tech buildings in the world; similarly it deserves a high tech and robust metering system."

Ronald B. Via, vice president of Elster Electricity commented, "The United Arab Emirates has become known for its use of cutting edge technology in the new and innovative projects it undertakes. Elster takes the same approach in the development of its metering systems, so this project is a natural fit for success."

The Meridian System will utilize the Ethernet network within Burj Dubai to communicate with 1,287 A1350 ALPHA meters used for tenant metering. The Meridian System is a system for meter reading, data storage and data analysis, providing the ability to monitor energy usage and the analysis tools needed to better manage business and power costs.

The project is being managed by Elster Electricity’s UAE branch office.