Dubai employs Robots at Work; DEWA unveils Boston Dynamics’s Spot

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has become the first utility department in the region to use Boston Dynamics’s four-legged Spot Robots when it started testing the different uses of the robot in its internal operations.

The move is in line with DEWA’s strategy to use the latest Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its different operations.

DEWA intends to use Spot Robots for conducting security and monitoring patrols, detecting faults and leakage in water pipes, testing connection points of high-voltage cables, ensuring construction works are aligned with specifications using multiple-angle cameras and managing different facilities such as warehouses, in addition to helping people of determination.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“We work in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a city of the future, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, to transform the Government of Dubai into a fully digital government. Adopting the Spot Robots in DEWA’s internal operations is part of our strategy to use the latest AI and robotic technologies. This contributes to achieving the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which aims to strengthen the UAE’s position as a global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and increase its contribution to a knowledge-based national economy that depends on innovation and future technological application. It also supports the Dubai 10X initiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to become a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and reshaping traditional work mechanisms.”

DEWA, which is one of the most innovative organizations worldwide has been using its digital unit, Digital DEWA to disrupt the entire business of public utilities by becoming the world’s first digital utility to use autonomous systems for renewable energy and storage while expanding the use of AI and digital services.

Dubai will be the first city to provide AI-based electricity and water services.