Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has appointed Honeywell to help deliver an energy project to provide 150,000 smart metres across Dubai.

As part of the project, the Honeywell smart meters will deliver easy updates and enhancements, creating a smarter power network and electricity grid.

In addition to providing a further 250,000 smart metres across Dubai, the project will help manage electricity use more effectively within the residential sector in the city.

Smart metres give customers access to detailed and automatic readings of both their current and historical energy usage, allowing them to better understand and control their consumption.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said: “The Smart Dubai initiative, launched in April 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and DEWA’s three smart initiatives are fully-aligned to the Dubai Plan 2021, as they will all contribute to the four primary objectives to achieve a smart and sustainable city as laid out in the Dubai Plan 2021.

“The first is for a smart, integrated and connected city: this will be directly supported by the Green Charger and Smart Grids initiatives.

“The second is that Dubai be sustainable with its resources, which is supported by the Shams Dubai initiative and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park,” Al Tayer added.

DEWA’s programmes, initiatives, and awareness campaigns have helped reduce electricity by 19% and water consumption by 28% in the residential sector between 2009 and 2016.

This will be the first project in the Middle East where Honeywell smart electricity meters will utilise an RF communications module.