FCSA continuously works with the United Arab Emirates government agencies and national statistical centres to provide accurate and reliable statistics on social, economic, environmental and other conditions for decision makers, policy makers, business community, researchers, the public, the media and the international community.
In this sense, FCSA is developing the national statistical system in the country to ensure the safety of statistical methodologies and ensure that they conform to the best international standards and follow new methods and innovative practices to benefit from various traditional and other sources of registration.
The preparation of population density maps supports the development of the national statistical system in order to provide accurate statistics for decision makers, policy makers as well as all domestic and international users.
While national censuses consumes governmental resources, FCSA conducts continuous researches to validate and practice innovative and new approaches that shall decrease the urge of conducting field surveys and control enumeration/census operation costs.
The methodology behind the project presented in this paper is developed on the utilization of water and electricity meters data as a source for calculating household density and farm density which is considered as a different methodology from the traditional population density methods however has proven to be a feasible source to derive household information. Moreover, in 2013 FCSA combined water and electricity meters data with the output of the 2013 family framework project, to validate the use of smart meters dataset as a source of household information which may be considered as an alternative to the household census after applying the necessary data processing methodology.
The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has an established meter data management system which was the main data source for this project. The meter database included details on each meter type, location, activity, owner name, owner nationality, unit land use, serial, etc.