The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a MoU with SAP to assist the government to improve the IT infrastructure of its smart city technologies.The German multinational software firm has been contracted to help DEWA to improve its electric vehicle charging stations, smart home appliances and smart metering, as well as coming up with ways in which to tackle Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data analysis. [Dubai’s Dewa and RWE sign MoU on smart energy]
Commenting on the signing of the MoU, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Our cooperation with SAP supports our efforts to achieve the objectives set by the Dubai Plan 2021 for the Government of Dubai to be pioneering, excellent, proactive, and creative in meeting the needs of individuals and society as a whole.”
He added: “It also supports DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, by enhancing our competitiveness in all areas.”
According to a release, DEWA was previously one of the first organisations in the region to adopt the SAP system for risk management. The Dubai government has also incorporated the SAP Governance, Risk, and Compliance (SAP GRC 10.1-HANA) system.
[quote] Tayfun Topkoc, managing director, SAP UAE, commented: “DEWA is at the forefront of the utilities industry worldwide and a key driver of the Smart Dubai vision. We are very proud to enter into a strategic partnership with DEWA; having the opportunity to influence the lives of the citizens of this great city.”
DEWA and Italy RE collaboration
In other DEWA news, a delegation from the Authority recently traveled to Milan, Italy, a trip aimed at encouraging Italian companies to take part in clean and renewable energy projects in the UAE and the Middle East.
To this end, Italy’s UBI Banca, an Italian banking Group has opened a representative office in Dubai, to advise Italian small and medium enterprises working in the UAE. It has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO).
The MoU is purposed to support any Italian companies bidding for contracts for the energy-efficient retrofitting programme.
Etihad Energy Services Company DEWA venture that was established in 2013 to make Dubai built environment a leading example of energy efficiency for the region. [Smart grid: Dubai utility DEWA picks CESI to realise smart vision]
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA said: “Financial institutions can become active partners in the sustainable development vision of Dubai, with plans to retrofit over 30,000 buildings to make them energy-efficient in the first phase of this project at a cost of 30 billion dollars, bringing returns of AED82 billion, and a net profit of AED52 billion, as we place great importance on environmental issues that contribute to the sustainable development of the UAE.”
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