Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Dubai smart grid opts for Silver Spring communications

Steve Rogerson
April 11, 2017

Silver Spring Networks is to establish a communications platform for the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) based on an IPv6 multi-application RF mesh canopy. This will let DEWA provide smart grid applications such as smart electricity, water meter and distribution automation.
The communications platform will cover the whole of Dubai, including Hatta, and will serve all the communications requirements for any smart grid applications.
The agreement includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of an RF mesh canopy for smart grids. This should allow DEWA to provide secure and reliable communications for smart electricity and water systems, as well as additional services in the future.

The agreement was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, and Mike Bell, president and CEO of California-based Silver Spring Networks.
“DEWA remains focused on following the directives of the UAE wise leadership to adopt the latest and most innovative technologies, in implementation of the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021” said Al Tayer. “These technologies in turn will ensure that we are able to implement the Smart Dubai initiative to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city in the world.”
The aim is for DEWA to build a wide and integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission and distribution systems. This includes demand side management, assets management, power stations and networks automation, systems integration and smart metering. The AED7bn smart grid aligns with other smart initiatives, including Shams Dubai to install PV panels on buildings to generate electricity and connect it to DEWA’s grid, and the Green Charger initiative to establish the infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Silver Spring Networks, who have a globally proven internet of things networking platform that will give us a high-performance network to reliably deliver multiple electricity and water services, to the people of Dubai,” said Al Tayer. “Also, we intend to ensure that this platform is completely scalable to easily deploy new services in the future.”
Dubai has long been a pioneer in energy and infrastructure innovation to support its economic growth and sustainability goals.
“We’re honoured to partner with DEWA to bring our networking platform to the UAE, as Dubai continues to establish the infrastructure that will underpin its smart growth and connectivity in the future,” said Bell. “Our open, standards-based solutions enable utilities, cities and companies to accelerate adoption of internet of things devices and services, allowing millions of devices to be securely connected over varying conditions and environments. Dubai will join many iconic cities around the world where Silver Spring has deployed this technology.”
Ayse Ildeniz, chief operating officer of Silver Spring Networks, added: “We are committed to offering our customers standards-based, multi-application solutions that can help accelerate the development of smart infrastructure of the future. With the heavy reliance on fossil fuels in the Middle East, two-way internet of things technology for energy applications could help ease this burden while furthering energy efficiency. DEWA’s grid modernisation initiative will help transform the infrastructure underpinning Dubai to help create a more sustainable and smarter future for the region.”
Silver Spring Networks, has been selected as a provider by the US National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which represents more than 1500 rural electric and telephone utilities and affiliates in 48 states, collectively serving approximately 20 million homes and 50 million residents.
Under the agreement, NRTC will offer Silver Spring’s Gen5 platform to its electric utility membership. The agreement will allow NRTC to offer two-way advanced metering infrastructure and other future smart grid and related applications.