Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Microsoft to implement its Azure IoT and Cortana Intelligence suites into its engine service solutions with the aim of expanding its digital capabilities to improve operational and fuel efficiency.
In a statement released yesterday (April 24), the OEM said it will use the Azure IoT programme to collect and aggregate data from disparate, geographically distributed sources and the Cortana Intelligence software to uncover data insights.
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 feedback on the findings.
“Our customers are looking for ways to leverage the digital landscape to increase efficiency and improve their operations,” said Tom Palmer, senior vice-president, services, civil aerospace, at Rolls-Royce.
“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.”