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Honeywell wins Dubai smart meter contract

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2017

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has appointed Honeywell to help deliver a first-of-its-kind smart energy project in the Middle East, which will see Honeywell provide a further 150,000 smart meters in addition to the 250,000 it has already deployed across Dubai.
The multi-million-dollar initiative will enable Dubai to manage electricity use more effectively within the residential sector across the city. Honeywell’s smart meters support Dewa’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. Unlike traditional meters, smart meters give customers access to detailed and automatic readings of both their current and historical energy usage, allowing them to understand and control their consumption.
Dewa has set ambitious targets for implementing advanced technologies in line with the strategic direction of UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021. It expects to have installed more than a million smart meters by 2020, covering the whole Emirate, replacing all mechanical and electromechanical meters.
“The Smart Dubai initiative, launched in April 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, and Dewa’s three smart initiatives are fully-aligned to the Dubai Plan 2021, as they will all contribute to the four primary objectives to achieve a smart and sustainable city as laid out in the Dubai Plan 2021,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa. “The first is for a smart, integrated and connected city: this will be directly supported by the Green Charger and Smart Grids initiatives. The second is that Dubai be sustainable with its resources, which is supported by the Shams Dubai initiative and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Dewa is committed to ensuring the third objective, that environmental elements are clean, healthy and sustainable, by ensuring sustainability within its vision, mission and operations.”
The smart grid is a key component of Dewa’s strategy to develop advanced infrastructure to support Dubai's efforts to become a smart and happy city. In addition, it supports the demand side management strategy to reduce energy and water use by 30 per cent by 2030, and also supports the Dubai Plan 2021.
“We are proud to continue our strategic relationship with Dewa in our combined efforts to make Dubai smarter and more energy efficient,” said Norm Gilsdorf, Honeywell’s president for the Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia regions. “This is a significant opportunity for Honeywell in the region and we believe we are at the forefront of delivering technologies that enable a smarter future for the UAE and wider Middle East. We also congratulate Dewa on its achievements so far in driving sustainability and reducing water and electricity consumption. We look forward to working closely with Dewa to increase efficiency and promote smarter energy use.”
As part of the project, the Honeywell smart meters will deliver easy updates and enhancements, creating a smarter power network and electricity grid. These connected devices deliver complete smart grid and energy management that drives energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities. A critical aspect of Honeywell’s smart meters are their flexibility and adaptability to different telecommunications technologies, both wired and wireless, such as GPRS, RF and G3 PLC, LPWAN and others. This will be the first project in the Middle East where Honeywell smart electricity meters will use an RF communications module.
Dewa’s programmes, initiatives and awareness campaigns have helped reduce electricity by 19 per cent and water consumption by 28 per cent in the residential sector between 2009 and 2016. Consumption of electricity in the commercial sector has been reduced by ten per cent and water 30 per cent, and by 15 and 21 per cent, respectively, in the industrial sector. Educational institutions have decreased their electricity use by nine per cent and water by 24 per cent over the same period, with government and semi-government buildings making savings of 12 and 21 per cent, respectively.