Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Silver Spring completes network canopy for Dewa

Steve Rogerson
November 7, 2017
At last month’s Wetex energy technology show in Dubai, Silver Spring Networks announced the completion of the deployment of its multi-application IPv6 network canopy for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa).
Dewa’s network canopy extends across the emirate of Dubai and is based on Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology, which offers performance, reliability, security and scalability. Silver Spring is now working with Dewa towards final acceptance, with the remaining head-end integration work expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Silver Spring also announced that its Gen5 technology had been integrated into smart meter devices from Honeywell Elster, to connect the first Dewa electric customers to its IoT canopy as a part of the next phase of this modernisation project.
“We’re very pleased to achieve the delivery of the high-performance canopy network – a significant project milestone for Dewa – to help reliably deliver electricity, water and other new services across Dubai,” said Burak Aydin, general manager for Emea at California-based Silver Spring Networks. “We are committed to offering the newest innovation available through our standards-based technology, and look forward to helping bring smart grid benefits to Dewa customers in Dubai during the next phase of our deployment.”
Dewa’s infrastructure modernisation efforts support the Smart Dubai initiative. Dewa provides services for more than 700,000 electricity and 600,000 water connections across its service territory, all of which it intends to connect to the network canopy through additional Silver Spring ecosystem partners and future phases of its multi-year modernisation programme.
“Dewa is pleased with its progress for the second smart initiative, Smart Applications through Smart Meters & Grids, in alignment with the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021, which enables Dewa to build a wide and integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission and distribution systems,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Silver Spring Networks to bring the company’s proven internet of things technology to Dewa customers, first through smart electric services and beyond into other smart applications, which can help contribute to making Dubai the happiest and most innovative city in the world.”
As a long-time proponent of open standards, Silver Spring’s technology is based on Wi-Sun mesh technology (IEEE 802.15.4.g). The standards-based networking platform will enable Dewa to support a wide range of device vendors across its network canopy.