Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei for research and development of smart city technologies.Under the terms of the agreement, the two parties will work together to conduct research and development of smart technologies including smart grid, smart meters, demand side management and data analytics.
Huawei will also upgrade and secure DEWA’s telecommunication infrastructure against cyber attacks.
In a combined statement, DEWA and Huawei said the MoU includes the design of new smart services and their implementation under pilot projects.
The utility firm will use its collaboration with the networking and telecommunications company to improve its customer services within the water and energy industries.
[quote] Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said: “DEWA is committed to enhancing collaboration and cooperation with government and private organisations, to expand horizons, and benefit from innovative experience. This will help DEWA develop its services and applications, at the highest international standards, and keep up to date with increasing demands across all fields.”
Development of smart city solutions
Meanwhile, DEWA also signed another MoU with Intel Corporation to develop and adopt new business models and technologies to improve its customer satisfaction and experiences.
The collaboration with Intel Corporation falls under many efforts to accelerate the deployment of smart city solutions in Dubai. In the first quarter of 2016, DEWA signed multiple agreements on sustainability with Tata and on research and development of smart city technologies with SAP.
Intel Corporation will develop applications to help the utility company improve its field work efficiency through improved communication with field workers.
DEWA said it is confident its collaboration with Intel Corporation will help in achieving its smart grid strategies through advanced metering infrastructure for water and electricity, asset management, demand response, distribution automation, IT infrastructure, substation automation, system integration, big data and analytics.
Smart city programme launch
The news follows the launch of smart city solutions programme, '21 Smart City Initiatives', by the Dubai Design District in February, this year.
The project aims to achieve Dubai's ambitions to become the ‘world’s smartest city’ by 2017.
D3 said the initiatives will include the introduction of smart city services and facilities such as smart parking meters, smart energy meters, smart waste management and smart access control systems.
The programmes will be implemented in conjunction with DEWA, the Roads and Transport Authority and Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation.
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