IoT communications firm Silver Spring Networks has completed the initial rollout of its network canopy for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).In a statement, the US-based provider of smart grid products said it has successfully deployed its multi-application IPV6 network canopy to provide connectivity between DEWA and its assets across Dubai. The development is part of a multi-year programme by DEWA to modernise its IoT communications platforms to improve operation and management of its infrastructure.
The IoT communications network canopy is based on the company’s Gen5 technology which the solutions provider claims will ensure secure, fast and reliable data telemetry between the utility, its applications, infrastructure and field workers.
“Silver Spring Networks is now working with DEWA towards final acceptance, with the remaining head-end integration work expected to be completed before the end of the year,” highlights the statement.
Silver Spring has integrated the Gen5 Technology with Honeywell Elster’s smart meters, so that in the next phase of the grid modernisation initiative, real-time energy usage data can be sent using the network canopy.
The utility says the project is part of efforts to improve services to over 700,000 energy consumers and 600,000 water customers by running existing and new applications and services on the network.
The initiative increase DEWA’s contributions towards Dubai meeting goals set under the Smart Dubai initiative, whose aim is to make the city the globe’s most innovative and smartest.
“DEWA is pleased with its progress [of] the second smart initiative, Smart Applications through Smart Meters and Grids, in alignment with the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021, which enables DEWA to build a wide and integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission and distribution systems. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Silver Spring Networks to bring the company’s proven Internet of Things technology to DEWA customers, first through smart electric services and beyond into other smart applications, which can help contribute to making Dubai the happiest and most innovative city in the world.” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
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