As part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s Space-D programme, DEWA’s Research and Development (R&D) Centre has developed an in-house, versatile gateway that can connect terrestrial sensors to satellites and ground networks.
The gateway has various physical, operational technology (OT) connectivity and IoT edge protocol libraries to support the latest IoT communication network like LoRa, Wi-Fi & BLE. The device is designed to suit various industrial applications such as utilities, infrastructure, asset-tracking, agriculture, smart cities, fleet management and others. The device has a long battery life to support various LoRa protocols and LoRaWAN to communicate directly with several satellites and terrestrial network, which contributes to a significant reduction in device and operational costs. The device complies with international IoT device security standards, including OT security. The device was fully designed, fabricated and tested at DEWA’s R&D Centre and its enclosure was manufactured at the R&D’s labs using 3D printing.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, praised the efforts of researchers and Emirati talents working at the Centre to benefit from space and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, and to employ advanced tools and the laboratories provided by DEWA to create the best solutions and technologies to support the space sector in the UAE. This is in addition to developing specialised systems for electricity and water generation, transmission, and distribution as well as enhancing the management of the power network and the water transmission and distribution network. This consolidates DEWA’s leadership and excellence as one of the most innovative utilities in the world.
"We are fully aligned with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision to promote Emiratisation in the space industry and empower our Emirati talent to advance this sector. DEWA's Space-D program utilizes nanosatellite technology to optimize DEWA's operations, enhance our electricity and water networks, and contribute to cost reduction, improved asset utilization, knowledge transfer, and Emirati training."
added Al Tayer.
Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, highlighted that DEWA leverages the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to provide value from the data received from its IoT terminals via the satellite constellation network. DEWA uses the digital IoT platform hosted by its data centre operated by MORO hub, the backbone of digital DEWA, to enable the terrestrial IoT communications of the developed gateways and to visualise the collected data.
News Source: Dubai Media Office