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Siemens implements smart metering for Qatar utility

Steve Rogerson
April 21, 2020

Siemens is helping Kahramaa, the Qatar electricity and water corporation, implement an advanced metering infrastructure project deploying smart meters.
Under the project, a smart platform will be deployed enabling electricity and water meters installation and integration with a remote monitoring platform.
With this system, Kahramaa will benefit from the huge amount of data received, analysing programmes that enhance operational efficiency, raising operational flexibility and reducing the number of manual operations.
The system will help reduce the cost of field services and enhance power outage management. Moreover, it should improve capital investment efficiency as a result of better planning for the network.
The total cost of the project is QR30m, and it will take nine months to implement. Kahramaa simultaneously plans to complete the first phase of installing smart meters, during which about 50,000 to 60,000 smart meters will be installed in various areas across the country by the end of 2020.
This system supports Kahramaa’s efforts to reduce waste and monitor consumption details accurately at any time. It also lets users monitor their consumption, which supports the objectives of Tarsheed, the national programme for conservation and energy efficiency. At the same time, it will assist in identifying violations and publishing data analysis to fix the sources of violations.
Consumers will receive a regular, more accurate bill as it depends entirely on a digital system where readings are automatically transferred to the system for issuing invoices. This also allows prepayment through smart meters.
Through this, Kahramaa will have a clearer view of its network and will be able to control performance through a flexible system that proactively adapts to changes in the network’s needs. It will also contribute to achieve Qatar's smart city goals.
The project provides an IoT platform and suite of applications that help Kahramaa unify devices, grid infrastructure and market operations through a single architecture.
The smart meter infrastructure implemented by Kahramaa in cooperation with Siemens is integrated with the customer management and billing system. which is implemented in cooperation with Oracle to support the process of receiving data from the smart meters. It can integrate more than one system and application into a flexible system that integrates with all user data.
Kahramaa aims to provide the necessary infrastructure to deploy the system of smart meters as a component of its plan to transform Qatar’s network into a safe, sustainable and digitally automated network.