|12 July 2016|

Rolls-Royce and Microsoft are partnering to transform the aerospace industry through digital technology.

By harnessing the best-in-class solutions for aerospace engineering and cloud computing, this collaboration will use advanced analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) to fundamentally change engine-related operations and services.

Built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and utilising Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite to collect and aggregate data from disparate, geographically distributed sources and Cortana Intelligence Suite to uncover data insights, the new digital capability is able to manage and integrate much broader quantities of airline operational data.

Smart data and engineering expertise will combine to help airlines reduce fuel usage, fly routes more efficiently, and ensure the right teams and equipment are in place to service engines more quickly and maintain the highest levels of availability.

Rolls-Royce is targeting a significant improvement in airline efficiency.

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Services – Civil Aerospace, said: “We have done much over the last twenty years to reduce costs and improve efficiency, but we want more. We must now exploit digital capability and big data technologies to proactively drive to an even higher level of operational performance. Teams will take signals and information from many sources and turn it into an individual aircraft strategy that uses the least fuel, avoids disruption, and is serviced with minimum downtime.

“We are excited to have an industry leader like Microsoft working with us and have Singapore Airlines, a highly-valued, forward-looking organisation, providing their guidance and insight.”

Microsoft, General Manager, Worldwide Manufacturing & Resources, Caglayan Arkan added: “We are excited to bring the power of the Microsoft Azure cloud to the aerospace market and support a world leader such as Rolls-Royce. Aircraft engines are hugely valuable assets and we want to help Rolls-Royce ensure they are operational and function with the highest level of fuel efficiency. When we combine our skills with those of Rolls-Royce and their customers we have a powerful solution.”