Siemens opens Digital Grid Center in Abu Dhabi

Centre will focus on six pillars of digitalisation

Siemens has opened a Digital Grid Center in Abu Dhabi with the aim of advancing the digitalisation of energy systems in the Middle East, supporting smarter cities and industry. The center is said to enable the firm to collaborate with customers to develop, demonstrate and test digital energy solutions, and provides remote support for the utilities, oil & gas, industrial and infrastructure sectors.

According to a statement, the center will use lab simulations and live data connections to remotely provide service and support for customer operations, including preventative and corrective maintenance, simulation and testing.

Customers will be able to witness Factory Acceptance Tests conducted abroad without needing to travel, using a live remote monitoring system to ensure equipment is ready to be installed on-site, the statement said.

“Our energy systems are evolving as decentralisation and a diversifying energy mix impose greater complexity on our electricity grids. Managing and protecting these intricate energy systems requires intelligent application of digital technologies, and our Digital Grid Center directly addresses this challenge. We will use the center to support our customers in their digital transformation, working together to develop and implement technology for smarter cities and industries in the Middle East,” said Franco Atassi, head of Smart Infrastructure for Siemens in the Middle East.

The center will have a dedicated team of engineers and will focus on six pillars of digitalisation: Remote Collaboration, Cloud &Data (IoT), Cyber Security, Digital Substation, Digital Twin and Energy Efficiency Analytics.

The center demonstrates the potential of connecting energy systems to the Internet of Things (IoT), capturing data for consolidation, visualisation and analysis in a cloud-based operating system such as Siemens’ MindSphere.

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