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DEWA launches virtual reality utility inspections

The project combines autonomous robots from SAP’s VR and Internet of Things (IoT) to remotely inspect DEWA’s electricity and water networks

DEWA launched a pilot project for the world’s first virtual reality (VR) remote inspection for utility maintenance.
DEWA launched a pilot project for the world’s first virtual reality (VR) remote inspection for utility maintenance.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a pilot project for the world’s first virtual reality (VR) remote inspection for utility maintenance, the authority said on Sunday.

As part of Dubai’s National Innovation Strategy, an initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world, the project combines autonomous robots from SAP’s VR and Internet of Things (IoT) to remotely inspect DEWA’s electricity and water networks.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said: DEWA is keen on realising the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to instil a culture of creativity and innovation in the workplace, and to best use new technologies to achieve the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021.”

Through implementation, DEWA will be able to enhance its utility inspection and maintenance by making it faster, safer, and more cost-effective.

Marwan Bin Haider, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA said: “Today, DEWA is taking a new step in its quest for excellence in smart transformation by adopting VR technology. This enhances our operations, and accelerates the innovation process for further success and achievement.”

The Authority is currently deploying the system as a proof of concept in a high-voltage power tunnel in Dubai.

 

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