Dubai Electricity develops Internet transmitters for DiwaSat 1 nano-satellite

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The Electricity and Water Authority Research and Development Center in Dubai, in collaboration with Infra X, the information and communication technology arm of DEWA Digital Dewa, and their technical partner Wilde from the United Kingdom, have developed LoRA IoT transmitters for 3U satellite nanosatellites. DewaSat-1 “, which was launched by the authority as part of its” SpaceD “program, thus becoming 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 transmitter to connect authority assets to the satellite directly, to match authority network applications, and to connect Internet of Things sensors to authority nano-satellites, and to provide a hybrid connection to each of the communications. network like the already existing terrestrial company “LoRa IoT” operated by Infra X on the one hand and the nano-satellites of the Authority on the other, thus expanding the coverage of the network of LoRA IoT stations, which are specially created to communicate directly. with satellite without the need for ground stations.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, praised the efforts of researchers at the Center for Research and Development, appreciating their success in innovating advanced technologies and developing solutions using Internet of Things technology for satellites. His Excellency noted the importance of the role of research and researchers in creating specialized use systems for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water, as well as improving the management of the power grid and water transmission and distribution networks. . His Excellency Al Tayer stressed that this success comes as a result of the authority’s continued support for its employees, motivating them to innovate, research and develop their experiences, and training national staff to develop a constellation of nano-satellites. to serve the work of authority and the market of service institutions worldwide.

His Excellency added: “Through the SpaceD program, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, in January 2021, we aim to bring nano-satellite technology complement the Internet Communication Network.The ground objectives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Authority’s operations and to support the digitalization of the energy and water networks, which increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the preventive planning, operation and maintenance processes for the production, transmission and distribution.intelligent networks and charging stations of electric cars, in addition to reducing costs and improving the investment of assets of the Authority, as well as the transfer of knowledge and expertise and training of national staff in By the end of this year, we plan to launch another 6U nano-satellite for applications remote sensors that use high-resolution temporal and spatial imaging techniques, which are specifically designed for use by the Authority. ”

For his part, Engineer Walid bin Salman, Executive Vice President of the Business Development and Excellence Sector at the Authority, said: “The Authority benefits 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 data received from its IoT terminals. “Through a constellation of satellite networks, DEWA uses the digital Internet of Things platform organized in its data center and managed by the Integrated Solutions Data Center (Moro), which is the backbone of DEWA Digital.”

On the other hand, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Aleeli, Vice President of Research and Development, Business Development and Excellence Sector at TRA, said: “The Research and Development Center designed LoRA IoT transmitters to be able to communicate using Infra-X terrestrial communication technology LoRA as well as LoRA Space satellite communication networks. Through this, Infra X will be able to provide extensive telecom coverage to its customers, including the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and its assets located in locations where there may be no ground coverage.

IoT satellite communications networks use communications technologies such as LoRa IoT, a new type of wireless protocol designed for long-range, low-power communications, to extend coverage of existing terrestrial communications networks. Much compared to expanding network land cover, especially in areas with rugged terrain such as mountains, forests or deserts.

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