As part of the recently announced Dubai Smart City initiative, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commenced implementation of a project to replace all mechanical and electromechanical water and electricity meters in Dubai with state-of-the-art smart meters based on the latest global technological specifications.

DEWA has developed a five-year plan to complete the project, which is estimated will cost AED7 billion (US$1.9 billion), with a dedicated DEWA team replacing 250,000 meters in the residential, industrial and commercial sectors.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said the company is working to fulfil the directives to drive the sustainable development of Dubai, by devoting its efforts and resources to enhancing the Emirate’s position as a global hub for trade, finance, and tourism.

“The first step in building a smart city begins with smart networks for water, energy, and telecommunications, which form the backbone of future cities,” said Al Tayer. “The combination of smart infrastructure, renewable energy solutions, environmental initiatives and qualified staff will contribute to building a smart future for our city.”

The smart meters project completes the implementation of smart grid networks DEWA had previously started with the adoption of a number of new technologies, using the latest SCADA management control centers and intelligent control systems, a company statement noted.

The Dubai Smart City initiative was launched last month by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president, prime minister and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim to transform Dubai into a smart city with a backbone of high speed Wi-Fi and near field communication (NFC) technology.

Utilities, ports, customers and bourses amongst others will provide a range of smart services and government departments will be interconnected, while connected users will also be able to obtain up-to-the-minute information on weather, traffic, entertainment, tourism, flights, dining, and other services.

Implementation will be overseen by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. A comprehensive multi-phase implementation plan is to be developed by a higher committee with representatives from the public and private sectors headed by the chairman of Sheikh Mohammed’s Executive Office, Mohammed Abdulla Al Gergawi.

The Smart City initiative in turn builds on the mGovernment initiative, which was launched in May to enable residents to access and pay for government services, including utility services, via their smartphones.

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