Microsoft and Rolls Royce, an automobile and aero-engine manufacturing company have announced a new collaboration to bring the next generation of intelligent engines to the aviation industry.
Under the plan Rolls-Royce will integrate Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite into its service solutions to expand its digital capabilities
[quote font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]Furthermore, data sets such as engine health data, air traffic control information, route restrictions and fuel usage data will be collected to detect operational anomalies and trends and then provide intelligent performance feedback on the findings. [/quote]Announcing the partnership at the Hannover Messe industrial fair in Germany, Rolls-Royce will tackle some of the greatest airline operational challenges by using Azure IoT Suite to collect and aggregate data from disparate, geographically distributed sources and Cortana Intelligence Suite to uncover data insights.
Furthermore, data sets such as engine health data, air traffic control information, route restrictions and fuel usage data will be collected to detect operational anomalies and trends and then provide intelligent performance feedback on the findings.
Tom Palmer, senior vice president, Services, Civil Aerospace, at Rolls-Royce says: “Our customers are looking for ways to leverage the digital landscape to increase efficiency and improve their operations”
“By working with Microsoft we can really transform our digital services, supporting customers’ right across engine-related aircraft operations to make a real difference to performance”he adds.
Also commenting, Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure at Microsoft says: “Rolls-Royce has always been a pioneer in engine services, and this collaboration will create a new digital engine for Rolls-Royce to deliver an even better service to its customers across its world-class engine fleet through Microsoft Azure.”
With this collaboration, it is expected that engine management will move beyond the current levels of proactive monitoring of engine health and in flight performance.
Through a greater understanding of flight operations excellence, fuel usage and maintenance planning, Rolls-Royce’s airline customers will be able to better retain asset value throughout an engine’s life cycle, reduce flight disruptions and potentially save millions of dollars per year, according to the companies.