NEWS14 December 2017

Rolls-Royce launches data innovation hub

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UK – Rolls-Royce has announced the launch of R2  Data Labs to develop data applications with the aim of innovating design, manufacturing and operations.

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The aerospace manufacturer’s new unit will use data analytics, industrial artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to drive efficiencies and develop new service propositions for customers.

R2  Data Labs is comprised of mixed discipline teams of data experts working with teams from across Rolls-Royce operations. Teams will develop new predictive, data-based services in areas including asset availability, efficiency, maintenance, and safety and compliance.

Neil Crockett, chief digital officer at Rolls-Royce, who is heading up the unit, described it as a “step-change” for the company and said collaboration in the data space would lead to greater efficiencies for customers.

He added: “R2 Data Labs will tap into expertise from across a wide data and analytics supply chain, building a diverse community of data innovators: including OEM partners, niche start-ups, academics, and a broad range of other trusted third-parties.”

The launch of a data hub follows Rolls-Royce’s recently announced partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and a preferred partner agreement with Microsoft for cloud solutions. R2 Data Labs has hubs in the UK, US, Germany, Singapore, India and New Zealand.