IMKAN and SatSure launch project to boost UAE's water sustainably efforts

IMKAN water sustainabilityAbu Dhabi-based placemaker IMKAN has partnered with SatSure to launch a pilot irrigation project using satellite data and machine learning to monitor the country’s urban green spaces and carefully measure the irrigation needs

Through the application of artificial intelligence, the project aims to reduce the 500 litres daily average water use of each resident in the UAE – a figure that is around 82 per cent above the global average.

Currently being deployed at IMKAN’s AlJurf, a fully integrated community located in Ghantoot, the project aims to ensure optimal irrigation and water usage by using advanced technology. Incorporating remote sensing, satellite imaging and machine learning algorithms to assess the health of urban greenery and forecast irrigation demand, the IMKAN SatSure project uniquely takes into account weather conditions and the specific hydration requirements of each species of tree and shrubbery.  

“The IMKAN Satsure pilot project has been initiated to reduce the levels of water consumption in the UAE. Authorities such as the Federal Electricity and Water Authority have highlighted that up to 11 per cent of the country’s water usage is for greening and landscaping purposes. The country’s decreasing groundwater levels and reliance on energy-intensive desalination have made the reduction of water consumption a necessity if we are to preserve the local ecosystem and deliver sustainability,” said Walid El Hindi, CEO, IMKAN Properties.

The IMKAN Satsure urban greenery monitoring project at AlJurf represents an extension of IMKAN’s relationship with SatSure. Last year, the real estate developer recognised the startup’s business model by awarding it the IMKAN Innovation Award at the Corproate Sprint Accelerator - an initiative from startAD, a global accelerator anchored at New York University Abu Dhabi.

AlJurf Gardens is the first phase of AlJurf that is scheduled for completion in 2021. Phase one of the development comprises 293 residential villas and land plots, with its facilities and amenities including serviced residences, a world-renowned wellness clinic and resort, a private beach, a private marina and a community centre.

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