Digital DEWA, du join forces to develop 5G use case for smart grids

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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UAE telecom operator Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) has entered into a partnership with Digital DEWA, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and its subsidiary, InfraX, to develop a new 5G use case for smart grids in the city.

The leading telecom provider has made vital 5G contributions to Emirati society since rollout activities began, offering residents, businesses, and industries with valuable connectivity benefits via the technology.

According to the statement, InfraX will now have access to a highly capable 5G network to enable a seamless use case that boosts on-site operational efficiency, with 5G housing the capabilities to generate transformative and sustainable outcomes.

The alliance was announced at GITEX Technology Week 2021, which is currently taking place at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).

Fahad Al Hassawi
Fahad Al Hassawi
CEO – du

“du has always been immensely proud of its track record for supporting government entities on integral sustainability projects and ensuring they integrate the necessary technological capabilities for desired outcomes. Therefore, we are delighted to be honoring this tradition once more alongside Digital DEWA and its subsidiary InfraX. This year, we have worked together to deliver numerous tech-based use cases for digital transformation purposes, and the shared success we have enjoyed means we enter this latest project even more prepared. 5G is a fundamental pillar of our society now and in the future, and we are enthused by the prospect of facilitating 5G benefits to propel the industry to new heights.”

Inspired by a shared vision to drive digital transformation through 5G, du will support InfraX and Digital DEWA with 5G use cases integration for operational purposes. With increasing efficiency and reducing water and power supply industry costs topmost priorities in the years ahead, the two parties will deliver on these obligations by automating related processes through the use of robots and drones.

With these key enablers in place, a variety of 5G network features and functionalities, such as cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI), intelligent power distribution systems, edge computing analytics, thermal cameras, site inspections, video streams, and live broadcasting, will be used to meet project deliverables, as per the reports.

Mr. Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO of Digital DEWA said, “As Digital DEWA looks to the future, new technologies will be crucial to supporting the government’s vision to promote sustainable development and drive energy and water usage efficiency. We are delighted to announce our collaboration between InfraX and du to meet upcoming technology and transformation aspirations for the local community.”

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