Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has invited firms to submit bids for the contract to provide smart metres for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) projects across the emirate.

The contract will cover the provision, installation, testing and commissioning of smart meters. Bidders have until 11 December to submit proposals for the project.

On 23 October, it was announced that Dewa had awarded US-based Honeywell a contract to provide a further 150,000 smart meters across Dubai’s utilities network.

The US firm, which has already installed 250,000 across Dubai, will deploy the further 150,000 as part Dewa’s initiative to modernise the emirate’s utilities infrastructure and boost energy efficiency.

Smart meters provide customers with detailed and automatic readings of current and historical energy usage, allowing them to control consumption and spending.

Dewa is planning to have installed 1 million smart meters across the emirate by 2020, covering the whole emirate’s residential sector. The Smart Dubai initiative was launched in 2013.