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DEWA, Silver Spring Networks ink smart grid deal

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has enlisted Silver Spring Networks to support the development of a platform for smart grid applications

Silver Spring Networks will develop a platform to facilitate DEWA’s smart grid applications.
Silver Spring Networks will develop a platform to facilitate DEWA’s smart grid applications.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has enlisted Silver Spring Networks to support the development of a platform for smart grid applications.

Under the terms of the agreement, the stakeholders will establish a communication platform based on IPv-6 multi-applications radio frequency (RF) mesh canopy for smart grid applications.

The platform will facilitate electricity, water meter, and distribution automation, according to DEWA.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said: “This agreement is part of our efforts to achieve [the] Smart Applications through Smart Meters and Grids [initiative,] which enables DEWA to build a wide and integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission, and distribution systems.

“[The] smart grid includes demand-side management, assets management, power stations and networks automation, systems integration, and smart metering. The $1.9bn (AED7bn) smart grid is aligned with our other smart initiatives, including Shams Dubai to install [photovoltaic] panels on buildings to generate electricity and connect [them] to DEWA’s grid; and the Green Charger initiative to establish the infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations.”

As part of the deal, Silver Spring Networks will design, supply, install, test, and commission the RF mesh canopy for smart grids. DEWA said that the platform will enable the provision of secure and reliable communications for smart electricity and water systems, and will be able to accommodate additional services in the future.

The agreement, which was signed by DEWA’s HE Al Tayer and Mike Bell, president and CEO of Silver Spring Networks, is in keeping with the Smart Dubai initiative, according to the stakeholders.

Commenting on the deal, Bell said: “Dubai has long been a pioneer in energy and infrastructure innovation to support its economic growth and sustainability goals. We’re honoured to partner with DEWA to bring our networking platform to the UAE, as Dubai continues to establish the infrastructure that will underpin its smart growth and connectivity in the future.”

HE Al Tayer added: “We are pleased to collaborate with Silver Spring Networks, which has a globally proven Internet of Things (IoT) networking platform that will give us a high-performance network to reliably deliver multiple electricity and water services to the people of Dubai.

“Also, we intend to ensure that this platform is completely scalable to easily deploy new services in the future,” he concluded.

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