|12 October, 2019

Dewa inks deal with Alibaba for blockchain, IoT

The MoU seeks to exchange best practices and expertise in digital transformation

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has signed a MoU with Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group as part of the utility's ongoing efforts to enhance its digital services.
 
As per the MoU, the two sides will co-operate in presenting the challenges related to algorithms, Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Internet of Things , IoT, and Cloud Computing through Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchi innovation platform.
 
The two sides will also collaborate in organising workshops, training courses and conferences to enhance the digital services provided by Dewa to its customers and stakeholders, stated Marwan bin Haidar, the Executive VP of Innovation and the Future at Dewa, after signing the deal with Daniel Jiang, International Chief Solution Director of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
 
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and CEO of Dewa, said: "We always strive to enhance customers’ experiences by providing digital services supported by state-of-the-art systems. This supports the Smart Dubai initiative, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world."
 
"We work closely with many local and international organisations to transform Dubai into a global hub for disruptive technologies and keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution," noted Al Tayer.
 
"This helps achieve the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031, which supports the UAE Government’s goal of adopting future technologies to serve people," he added.
 
On the deal, Jiang said: "Alibaba is really honoured to co-operate with Dewa. By leveraging the Tianchi contest programme, a big data intelligence platform that brings together over 300,000 global data experts, we can bring huge value to Dewa and contribute to the digitalisation of the energy sector."
 
Bin Haidar pointed out that the collaboration with Alibaba Cloud through Tianchi platform supports Dewa’s efforts to encourage and motivate innovators from around the world to take part in scientific and engineering competitions to present innovative solutions to future challenges.
 
"This supports Dewa’s efforts to anticipate and shape the future of energy and water. The MoU also seeks to exchange best practices and expertise in digital transformation and capacity building in developing cities of the future," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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