DEWA uses AI to improve water network efficiency
(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM))
DUBAI, 31st July, 2022 (WAM) — The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has developed several innovations using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the efficiency of operations in the utility grid. Dubai Water, monitor for cyberattacks, leaks and faults, and isolate and fix them immediately.
These innovative solutions also predict malfunctions of smart meters and pumps based on sensor data, in addition to automating notifications that are sent to customers in the event of a potential water leak in their premises.
This improves Dubai’s competitiveness, supports DEWA’s ongoing efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and maintains its position as it outperforms major European and US utilities in several indicators. In 2021, water network losses have been reduced to 5.3%, compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the lowest rates in the world. This reinforces DEWA’s position as one of the most outstanding in all fields and among the best public services in the world.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, noted that DEWA is working to reshape the concept of a utility through Digital DEWA, its digital arm, to become the world’s first digital utility with stand-alone systems. for renewable energies and storage, while developing the use of AI and digital services. This supports the Dubai 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
“We seek to achieve the goals of the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036. We continue to develop proactive solutions for the challenges of the next 50 years to make the UAE the leading country in the world by its centenary in 2071. It is by using our advanced smart grid and the latest technologies of the fourth industrial revolution as well as effective governance practices to increase efficiency and develop unique experiences that make Dubai a global model for clean energy, water and the green economy. DEWA’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, embracing innovation and the latest tools to anticipate the future, along with sound scientific planning, has helped it keep pace with Dubai’s growing water demand according to the highest availability standards. , reliability and efficiency. DEWA’s total production capacity has reached 490 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water, of which 63 MIGD using reverse osmosis (RO). The total length of water transmission and distribution lines has reached 13,592 kilometers across Dubai by the end of 2021. This helps DEWA maintain its services for over three and a half million people who live in Dubai and millions of visitors,” said Al Tayer.
Among DEWA’s most significant innovations using AI to improve water network efficiency is ‘iService’, which uses meter diagnostic data to detect service interruptions and automatically initiate rectification procedures; Meter tampering and fraud detection based on smart meter notifications; and the Hydronet project, which DEWA developed to use AI and Deep Learning to remotely monitor and control the water network in Dubai.
The project can be integrated with any SCADA system and provides real-time information on the current status of the network. It can also repair leaks in seconds without human intervention. This increases the efficiency of the water network and the insulation of the pipeline in Dubai, which saves time and effort. The project won the Silver Team Idea of the Year award at Ideas America 2020.
DEWA also provides the High Water Usage Alert as part of the Smart Response initiative to help customers detect leaks in post-meter water connections. It sends an SMS to the customer in the event of an unusual increase in water consumption.
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