Dubai Electricity develops Internet of Things transmitters for the “DiwaSat 1” nano-satellite

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Research and Development Center, in collaboration with Infra X, the information and communications technology arm of DEWA’s Digital Dewa, and their technical partner Wilde of the United Kingdom, have launched LoRA IoT transmitters for satellite 3U nanosatellites developed. Launched by the government as part of its SpaceD program, DewaSat-1 became the first service organization in the world to use nanosatellites to improve the operation, maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks.

The center designed the transmitters to connect the government’s assets directly to the satellite, to match the applications of the government’s network, and to connect the Internet of Things sensors to the government’s nano-satellites, and to ‘ provide a hybrid connection to each of the communications. network such as the already existing “LoRa IoT” terrestrial company operated by Infra X on the one hand, and the Government’s nano-satellites on the other hand, thus extending the coverage of the network of LoRA IoT stations, specially designed to communicate directly with the satellite without the need for ground stations.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, praised the efforts of the researchers at the Research and Development Center, their success in innovating advanced technologies and developing solutions using the Internet or Things technology for satellite faith. His Excellency pointed out the importance of the role of research and researchers in the creation of specialized utility systems for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water, and the improvement of the management of the energy network and water transmission and distribution networks. His Excellency Al Tayer emphasized that this success is due to the government’s ongoing support to its employees, which motivates them to innovate, conduct research and develop their experiences, and the training of national cadres to create a constellation of nano to develop satellites to serve the work of government and the market of service institutions around the world.

His Excellency added: “Through the SpaceD program, launched in January 2021 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, we aim to promote nano-satellite technology. land aims to complement the Internet communication network. and increase distribution sectors, smart networks and charging stations for electric cars, in addition to reducing costs and improving the investment of the Government’s assets, as well as the transfer of knowledge and expertise and training of national cadres in By the end of this year we plan to to launch another 6U nano-satellite for remote sensing applications that use high-resolution temporal and spatial imaging techniques specifically designed for Government use cases. ”

In turn, Eng Walid bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at the government, said: “The government is benefiting from the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as the Internet of Things, data analysis, artificial intelligence (AI). ) and blockchain to provide added value to the data received from its IoT terminals. Via a constellation of satellite network, DEWA uses the digital Internet of Things platform housed in its own data center and managed by the Data Center for Integrated Solutions (Moro), which is the backbone of Digital DEWA. ”

In turn, dr. Ali Rashid Al Aleeli, Vice President of Research and Development, Business Development and Excellence at TRA, said: “The Research and Development Center has designed LoRA IoT transmitters to communicate using Infra-X LoRA terrestrial communications technology as well as LoRA Space satellite communications networks. In this way, Infra X will be able to offer broad telecommunications coverage to its customers, including the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and its assets located in places where there may not be ground coverage. ”

IoT satellite communications networks use communications technologies such as LoRa IoT, a type of new wireless protocol designed for long distance, low power communications, to extend the coverage of the existing terrestrial communications network. Too much compared to expanding the coverage of the terrestrial network, especially in areas with rough terrain such as mountains, forests or deserts.


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