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Honeywell extends Dewa smart meter contract

Steve Rogerson
October 30, 2019

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has renewed its collaboration with Honeywell to install 250,000 additional smart meters across Dubai, bringing the total number of Honeywell smart meters in the city to one million.
The announcement was made at last week’s Water, Energy, Technology & Environment Exhibition (Wetex) show in Dubai.
The project aims to provide smart infrastructure for electricity transmission and distribution networks, to ensure the speed of response to reconnect immediately in the event of any disruption; rationalise consumption via smart meters; and monitor the details of consumption accurately, instantly and at any time. This aims to enhance convenience and satisfaction levels of all citizens and residents, bringing them happiness and supporting the sustainability of resources.
Smart grids come with features such as automatic decision-making capabilities and interoperability across the electricity network.
Smart meters are the main features of Dewa's Smart Applications via Smart Grid & Meters initiative, which aims to develop an infrastructure capable of supporting Dubai's efforts to become the smartest and happiest city in the world. The strategy includes several programmes aimed at improving energy management through investments in projects worth up to AED7bn, which are scheduled to be completed in the short, medium and long terms until 2035.
Features of Honeywell smart meters include flexibility and adaptability to various telecommunication technologies, whether wired or wireless, such as GPRS, RF, G3 PLC and LPWAN. The smart meters will use a wireless module.
“We are delighted to partner with Dewa again to expand the smart metering project,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell in the Middle East. “Honeywell smart meters form the basis of smart energy initiatives in Dubai. We have been working with Dewa for many years to set new standards and develop a new approach to energy use in Dubai.”
He said the firm’s smart products helped Dewa create a smarter power grid, providing smart energy management that drives energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings.
“It will also provide consumers with data to help them understand their usage and energy consumption patterns,” he said. “Our main objective and commitment are to support Dewa in the achievement of the government’s sustainability goals and promoting smarter use of electricity throughout Dubai.”
Wetex is organised by Dewa under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.