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DEWA cooperates with France's Eutelsat in space

DEWA cooperates with France’s Eutelsat in space

Dubai (WAM)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the French global satellite operator Eutelsat to provide technical support for the authority’s space program “Space D” and the authority’s U3-type nano-satellite (DEWASat1), which allows the development of transmitters. The Internet of Things for nano-satellites, and enhancing communication between the Authority’s assets and its nano-satellite.
The cooperation also aims to explore the prospects for integrating Eutelsat low Earth orbit (ELO) satellites with the SpaceD program and expanding the nano-satellites fleet for both parties, in addition to designing, developing and implementing the first use case in the Authority’s Research and Development Center that combines Using “Internet of Things” sensors and the “Eutelsat” low-earth orbit satellite project, in addition to developing use cases that contribute to the advancement of the service sector sector around the world.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, indicated that the Authority’s Space D program has contributed, since it was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in January 2021. In enhancing the flexibility and agility of the Authority in monitoring and managing electricity and water networks, in addition to reducing costs, improving investment and management of its assets and proactively supporting its network.
His Excellency said: Given that the Authority was the first service institution in the world to use nano-satellites to improve operations, maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks, the launch of the 3U nano-satellite allowed the research and development team at the Authority to gain access to the latest knowledge and expertise that helps them to Understand the effectiveness and value of a group of nano-satellites associated with the “internet of things” in supporting service institutions, such as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, with the aim of improving the management of the energy network and water transmission and distribution networks.

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His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer pointed out that the “Internet of Things” satellite technology is complementary to the terrestrial “Internet of Things” communication network, and will be a catalyst in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Authority’s operations, supporting the digitization of the energy network and water transmission and distribution networks, in addition to integrating “Internet” data things” using the Authority’s own cloud.
His Excellency added: Our vision, after this success, is for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, through its commercial partners, to provide satellites as a “SAAS” service to utilities worldwide, benefiting from the experiences gained in developing satellite technologies, providing data to electricity and water network operators and use cases. Specialized facilities to improve their operations and planning and support their digitization drive. He explained that the Authority is working through the program to explore and improve space technology applications, and enhance research in this field to support service institutions, and improve their plans and operations, in a way that contributes to supporting the process of sustainable development and the green economy in the United Arab Emirates and the world, noting that the researchers of ” The authority is developing specialized use systems for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water, where the authority takes advantage of the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, such as the “internet of things”, data analysis, artificial intelligence “AI” and “blockchain” to provide an added value to the data received from the “department” stations. Internet of Things” via its satellite network. For his part, Engineer Walid bin Salman, Executive Vice President of the Business Development and Excellence Sector at the Authority, said: The SpaceD program aims to build the capabilities of the Authority and qualify Emirati cadres specialized in the use of space technologies in electricity and water networks, and to benefit from the technologies of the revolution. The fourth industrial area in exchanging information through space communications and Earth observation technologies. The program also allows monitoring the performance and efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar energy project in one location in the world. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Aleeli, Vice President of Research and Development, Business Development and Excellence Sector at the Authority, said: The Authority’s Research and Development Center is working within the “SpaceD” program to develop a number of specialized uses for the electricity and water networks in order to improve planning for energy production and transmission operations. .

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