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KAHRAMAA and Vodafone launch smart meters powered by the Internet of Things

600 thousand smart meters to substitute manual readings

Doha, Qatar – 2 November, 2020: Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) and Vodafone Qatar announced a partnership that will see the digitalisation of Qatar’s utilities industry, with smart meters powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) rolled out nationwide.

Following a successful pilot project, the agreement was signed today by KAHRAMAA’s President, HE Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, and Vodafone Qatar’s CEO, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al-Thani, at KAHRAMAA’s headquarters.

Under the agreement, 600 thousand smart meters located in homes and companies across the country will be equipped with Vodafone IoT SIMs that remotely transmit real-time metering data to KAHRAMAA’s systems. At the heart of the bespoke service is the Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform; a secure self-service platform that simplifies IoT management, giving KAHRAMAA full visibility and control of their IoT-connected smart meters.

The first immediate benefit of smart metering will be the elimination of manual readings performed by technicians. By automating the process, residential and business customers are provided with more timely electricity and water consumption readings and bills. KAHRAMAA can also remotely connect or disconnect services in response to an incident or an account activation/deactivation request from a customer. 

A smart meter gives people a better understanding of their usage patterns, and this can help them make changes to reduce their energy usage, contributing to more prudent and responsible consumer behaviour. For KAHRAMAA, the data collected from the smart meters will drive operational efficiencies, enhance the customer experience, help in overall network planning and infrastructure, and help meet the Corporation’s environmental and sustainability targets. 

Notably, Vodafone Qatar was the first in the country to launch a Global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Platform that enables a wider adoption of IoT. Since the launch, a host of Vodafone IoT solutions are benefitting entities in Qatar in a variety of applications and use-cases.

Commenting on the agreement, HE Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari said, “Digital transformation is a key focus area of KAHRAMAA’s long-term strategy, with our e-services already recognised as amongst the best in the region. The implementation of an advanced metering infrastructure in the country is a major milestone in KAHRAMAA’s efforts to introduce the latest smart services in alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030. We are delighted to have Vodafone Qatar as our strategic partner providing IoT connectivity and expert knowledge to deliver the requirements for smart metering which will benefit the entire population.”

From his end, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al-Thani said, “We are pleased to be KAHRAMAA’s digital partner of choice in one of the most important utilities projects in the country that further strengthens this sector. IoT is at the core of digital transformation and is key to improving business performance, with organisations increasingly turning to IoT to help them grow stronger. Vodafone Qatar is committed to helping every industry in the private and public sector reap the benefits of IoT using our leading IoT capabilities combined with our robust nationwide network infrastructure.” 

Within the Fourth Industrial Revolution, advanced technologies are increasingly being adopted by all major industry sectors worldwide to reinvent the way they do business, engage their customers and interact with them. The energy and utilities sector is at the forefront of embracing innovations such as IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the need for organisations of all types and sizes to digitally transform to build resiliency and future-proof their businesses.

 
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About KAHRAMAA:
 
The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation "KAHRAMAA" is the only owner and operator of the electricity and water transmission and distribution grids in the State of Qatar. KAHRAMAA was established in July 2000 to regulate and secure electricity and water for all subscribers with a high degree of efficiency. KAHRAMAA undertakes the purchase, distribution and sale of electricity and water. It also undertakes the preparation, elaboration and conclusion of agreements for the purchase of electricity and water from independent producers and the provision of technical and institutional support for the establishment of power and water desalination plants; owning. Further, it constructs and operates electricity and water transmission and distribution grids in the State of Qatar; prepares plans and programs for developing electricity and water transmission and distribution grids; sets rules for the electrical wiring and water supply pipe works for various buildings and facilities; and provides services and consultation in the field of its activities.
 
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About Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C
Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C. ("Vodafone Qatar") provides a comprehensive range of services including voice, messaging, data, fixed communications, IoT and ICT managed services in the State of Qatar for both consumers and businesses alike. The Company commenced commercial operations in 2009 and has 1.7 million mobile customers as of 30 September 2020. Its state-of-the-art network infrastructure is expanding to cover key locations in the country with fibre connectivity and 5G along with an extensive digital ecosystem, which will contribute to Qatar's continued growth and prosperity. Vodafone Qatar’s vision is deeply rooted in its mission to connect today’s ideas with the technologies of tomorrow by pioneering digital innovation and becoming people’s first choice in telecom and digital services. Please visit www.vodafone.qa for more details.

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