Dewa holds summit with Huawei on AI and digital transformation

Dewa holds summit with Huawei on AI and digital transformation

By Staff Report

Published: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 5:07 PM

Last updated: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 7:15 PM

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has held a strategic summit with Huawei to increase cooperation on investments, experiences, and practices in innovation, disruptive technologies, smart grids, digital transformation, automation, cloud platforms, and artificial intelligence (AI).
The strategic summit witnessed the launch of a joint AI laboratory, through which Dewa and Huawei will develop and implement AI digital services for the Middle East. The two sides also launched a training and development programme for Dewa staff in different areas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies. The two parties affirmed their keenness to enhance cooperation in order to achieve the strategic objectives of both Dewa and Huawei, which include developing joint digital services and joint marketing of digital services in the UAE and around the world, as well as enhancing the benefits of these services.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, affirmed Dewa's strategic partnership with Huawei, which is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology. This partnership has resulted in many important achievements that support Dewa's efforts to achieve promising government strategies such as the UAE Centennial 2071; the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031, and the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; to make its customers happier, as well as the community as a whole, and bring a comprehensive change to government work.
"Through our hard work and cooperation with Huawei, we intend to make the future a reality in Dubai. We have already started with Dewa's Fiber Optic Backbone Upgrade as part of the InfraX project. This enabled us to apply Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) and a Virtual Desktop Interface, provided by MORO's digital platform. Our partnership with Huawei will also include several other future projects such as Big Data Management, Perimeter and ICT Infrastructure Security, Cyber Security, Information Security, and AI to analyse cyber threats. A joint taskforce is working on experimental programmes that use the latest technologies to develop new initiatives. This includes R&D projects for new services for customers, in addition to vital initiatives that can be launched immediately," said Al Tayer.
"Over the past few decades, Dubai made significant progress to become a global hub for business, tourism, and green economy, as well as one of the world's most inspiring, successful, and attractive cities," said Charles Yang, president of the Middle East Region at Huawei Technologies. "New technologies, such as 5G, AI, Cloud Computing are developing very fast, and will change everyone's life. The technologies will bring challenges and opportunities to each industry. Huawei is leading 5G, AI and Cloud computing technologies and we have the capability to help Dewa to build an AI based digital cloud platform."

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