DEWA honoured with Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS

DEWA, Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, with its Special Achievement in GIS, SAG, Award on 11th July at the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego, California.

Esri selected DEWA from 300,000 eligible candidates to receive the award for its innovative application for mapping, data analytics, and thought leadership in the utility sector.

The SAG Awards honour organisations that use Geographic Information Systems, GIS, to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, and demonstrated the most ground-breaking and transformative possibilities provided by this software.

DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative provides customers with a “Shams Dubai Calculator” on a web application using GIS tools to provide locations and detailed comparisons that, in turn, engage Dubai residents in reducing the emirate’s carbon footprint. This application helps customers by showing how much photovoltaic power can be generated, and the subsequent cost savings on their electric bills.

“We are on the right track to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to implement ambitious strategies that support the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, and prepare for the UAE Centennial 2071, to ensure a brighter future. We are proud to win Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS, which underscores our efforts to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution using disruptive technologies to reshape the future of digital utilities around the world,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“Using sophisticated GIS tools, in turn, supports the ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative to strengthen the culture of sustainability among consumers in Dubai, encouraging them to adopt sustainable solutions and clean, solar power, transforming them from consumers to producers. The Shams Dubai initiative supports DEWA’s continuous efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050,” he added.

Shams Dubai Calculator provides an innovative service for DEWA’s customers. Once the customer enters their registered account number, DEWA will identify the intended building location and determine its area through an interactive map using GIS. It then calculates the usable area, the number of solar panels absorbed by this area, and the production capacity of those panels, on either a monthly or annual basis.

Source: Emirates News Agency