Dubai to install Wi-Fi street lights

DUBAI IS set to roll out a major installation of Wi-Fi-enabled street lights, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced.

The move is part of the emirate’s strategy to become a so-called ‘smart city’. As well as providing internet connectivity to Dubai inhabitants, the street lights will eventually support smart mobility such as autonomous driving, all the while using low-energy lighting and environmental intelligence to maximise efficiency.

The intelligent street lights will start production in early 2018. ‘These smart poles that will combine multiple innovative features that support smart-city infrastructure according to the highest international standards,’ Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of Dewa, told Lux.

Dewa’s joint venture with Germany’s Innogy, Innogy International Middle East, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the French lighting company Ragni to design and implement the smart lighting network.

In addition, the Dubai utility met Colas Group, a French civil engineering firm specialising in road and rail construction, to explore a joint collaboration for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, with the research and development centre in Dubai.

Mr Al Tayer said that the utility reviewed the Wattway technology used to produce solar energy from panels that are installed on existing roads.

‘This innovative technology makes use of the road’s surface, without any need for special engineering work,’ he said, adding that there were even more possibilities to develop the technology further for charging electric vehicles.


  • IoT-connected city lighting is one of the sessions at the new Smart Spaces Conference taking place at the LuxLive 2017 exhibition and conference. It runs on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.