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Dubai's DEWA to use robots for electricity, water inspections

State-owned utility company says technology being tested in high-voltage power tunnel

Dubai's DEWA to use robots for electricity, water inspections
(Image: WAM)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Sunday said it would use robots to inspect its electricity and water networks.

The project will be the world’s first virtual reality (VR) remote inspection for utility maintenance and part of the UAE government’s national innovation strategy, the UAE’s state news agency WAM claimed.

The pilot project combines autonomous robots from Germany-based SAP’s VR and Internet of Things technology to remotely inspect DEWA’s electricity and water networks.

DEWA is currently piloting the system in a high-voltage power tunnel in Dubai.

“DEWA is keen to instil a culture of creativity and innovation in the workplace, and to best use new technologies to achieve the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

“We intend to benefit from VR in our operations, which also emphasises our leading position as one of the innovative and most efficient utilities in the world.”

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