The rich affluent city of Dubai will be soon getting low-energy Wi-Fi poles, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) declared on Monday. The local authorities will light up the entire city streets with ‘smart poles’ which is designed by Ragni Group, a French lighting company.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA CEO announced that the ‘smart poles’ will be launched in the first quarter of 2018. This project is a part of Dubai’s development of ‘smart city’ infrastructure.
“The MoU with Ragni Group to design and implement smart lighting poles supports our efforts to provide a smart infrastructure that achieves society happiness.”
“These features support smart and green mobility, autonomous driving, Wi-Fi internet, Internet of Things (IoT), energy-saving lighting, environmental intelligence, and other innovative features that streamline the smart-city transformation,” added Al Tayer.
A deal was made by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the delegation of DEWA officials and Ragni Group in Nice. The ‘smart poles’ will be capable to produce clean energy through patches of PV (photovoltaic) cells embedded in the road’s surface.
“We discussed with Colas Group a joint collaboration with the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and reviewed the Wattway technology to produce solar energy from panels that are installed on existing roads.
“These panels, which are a few millimeters thick, are durable and can endure all types of vehicle loads without being damaged. This innovative technology makes use of the road’s surface, without any need for special engineering work.
Al Tayer also stated that the panels will power the fleets of autonomous vehicles that the leaders expect will cover up to 25% of the total transportation in the city by 2030.