Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Dewa creates network of smart power plants

Steve Rogerson
May 9, 2017

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has transformed all its independently-operating power stations into a network of smart-grid-enabled smart power plants.
The project involves the development of information systems at each station to transmit joint performance data, as well as the development of a one-way data diode (ODD) and using it to protect each station from cyber-attacks.
Designed in 2014, Dewa Smart Power Plants system has transformed its existing power station data into a series of reports that can be used by Dewa specialists to support their decision-making, and transform the huge amount of data into an innovative graphic display. This provides a comprehensive and transparent real-time view of the status of stations, so staff can analyse problems such as technical failures, and support rapid and accurate decision-making, especially during emergency situations.
“Within the framework of our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, we are actively promoting and implementing initiatives to develop data systems in an innovative way,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa. “This system, which has gained local and global recognition for its high level of innovation, has been a core factor in Dewa achieving the world's leading service standards for the services it currently provides.”
The system has acquired a smart advantage by using Dewa’s staff, expertise and knowledge, and including it in its functions. It then uses the data to analyse events and issue smart reports, providing support to decision makers. This system allows for the monitoring of equipment at each station and compares it with other stations, which speeds the process of finding solutions for various problems.
The ODD has received acclaim locally and globally. In 2014, it won the UAE Ideas Award. In 2016, the smart power plants system won the Heroes category at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva.