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UAE's Tabreed adopts smart city technology to monitor GCC assets

Abu Dhabi-based district cooling giant to use big data for monitoring of 74 regional plants

Abu Dhabi district cooling company Tabreed is rolling out smart city technology.
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Abu Dhabi district cooling company Tabreed is rolling out smart city technology.

Tabreed will use big data and sophisticated computer software to monitor, analyse, and optimise the 74 district cooling plants it owns in the GCC.

The Abu Dhabi-based company will install an operational intelligence software called PI System, which will collect and analyse data from its assets.

This data will be used to predict equipment malfunctions and help Tabreed make its sites more cost-efficient and sustainable.

Using PI System, Tabreed will track 30,000 data streams to monitor power consumption, cooling energy production, equipment performance, and productivity. Tabreed employees will use PI Vision, a data visualisation tool, to make sense of the information.

Increasing integration of smart city technology is a cornerstone of Tabreed’s digital transformation strategy, the company said in a statement.

Chief operating officer of Tabreed, Jean-Francois Chartrain, said the business wanted to leverage technology to boost its “ability to deliver affordable and reliable chilled water”.

PI System will now be rolled out to track the performance of Tabreed’s 63 plants in UAE, two in Saudi Arabia, three in Oman, and one in Bahrain, as well as others in the region.

Al Maryah Island, Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai Metro, and the Jabal Omar Development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, are among the projects that use Tabreed’s district cooling services.

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