Enabled by IoT technologies, big data, and the cloud, the smart grids of tomorrow will, in effect, be capable of running themselves. They’ll gather massive amounts of data from smart sensors littered across every operational part of the grid — from transmission cables and transformers, to appliances in end-users businesses and homes — analyzing it all in order to make smarter, more informed decisions, big to small.
Urbanization is accelerating across the globe, with an increasing number of people living and working in cities. In an effort to match this trend, governments in the Middle East have adopted various policies ranging from greenfield developments touted as future cities (such as NEOM in Saudi Arabia), to accelerating urban digital transformation (Doha), and incorporating a 'happiness' oriented mindset (Dubai). Infrastructure investments lie at the heart of all such efforts, but they are capital-intensive and time-consuming. Therefore, future plans need to accommodate for much longer-term growth, addressing the huge volume of users as well as their evolving requirements.