Microsoft, Rolls-Royce collaborate on advanced operational intelligence to airlines

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Rolls-Royce are collaborating to bring new capabilities to Rolls-Royce customers, the company said.

Rolls-Royce will integrate Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite into its service solutions to expand its digital capabilities to support the current and next generation of Rolls-Royce intelligent engines.

Rolls-Royce engines power more than 50,000 flights around the world each month, and the company constantly strives to improve aircraft efficiency, drive up aircraft availability and reduce engine maintenance costs for customers. To do that, Rolls-Royce offers a broad range of service solutions, including its industry-leading TotalCare® services, focused on keeping its customers´ engines generating maximum value for them.

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. 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.

Using Azure Stream Analytics and Microsoft Power BI dashboards, the goal is to uncover data insights that will enable airlines to improve their operational performance and increase fuel efficiency.

With this collaboration, engine management will move beyond the current levels of proactive monitoring of engine health and inflight 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.