Dubai utility company eyes another IoT nanosatellite launch


End of 2022, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to launch a 6U nanosatellite with custom high-resolution image sensing technology specifically designed for DEWA to communicate with its IoT devices.

“They are specifically designed for use in electricity and water networks, and will be deployed to detect thermal fingerprints in high-voltage transmission lines, substations, buildings and solar power plants,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA.

Al Tayer revealed this last Tuesday, a month after the Dubai utility company launched its first low-orbit satellite called DEWA-SAT 1 to complement the company’s IoT terrestrial communications network.

DEWA-SAT 1 being assembled at NanoAvionics.

DEWA-SAT 1 is part of the company’s Space-D program to improve the operation, maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks using nanosatellites to support Industry 4.0 applications around IoT, AI, blockchain and remote sensing technologies.

In collaboration with NanoAvionics, DEWA launched the 3U nanosatellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex in Florida, USA. The satellite now maintains a stable orbit at 525 kilometers, travels about 7.5 kilometers per second and takes about 90 minutes to orbit the Earth.

Smart water leak detection device brings cost savings AED2.74-M

Meanwhile, DEWA has reaped the rewards of its smart initiatives.

On the one hand, its smart bead leak detection device, which was inserted into the company’s water system, saved the company 68.45 million gallons and 2.74 million of AED since its implementation in April 2021.

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce water loss, DEWA recently deployed intelligent ball-point leak detection to uncover invisible water leaks in water-carrying pipelines that are otherwise difficult to see or to reach.

“We are adopting the latest technologies to generate, transmit and distribute electricity and water, applying global best practices in all its projects to increase production and operational efficiency,” said Al Tayer. “It has achieved concrete savings in the development of the water network to promote its efficiency and reliability, increase water flow to meet overall development needs and growing demand.”

DEWA water network

The smart ball system consists of a small diameter sphere that moves freely, driven by the flow of water. The sounds generated by a leak, a gas pocket or anomalies have unique characteristics. The system picks up the sounds of these from inside the pipeline with the software then able to detect the location of the leak

“In Dubai, we have a comprehensive vision to ensure resource sustainability as part of the integrated water resources management strategy, with a particular focus on improving water resources, conserving consumption and using the latest technologies as well as innovative solutions,” said Al Tayer. .

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