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Rolls-Royce launches R2 Data Labs
Neil Crockett, Chief Digital Officer, Head of R2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce © Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce launches R2 Data Labs

The UK group aims to use advanced data analytics, industrial Artificial Intelligence and machine learning techniques to unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies.

Capitalising on its new partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Rolls-Royce has launched R2 Data Labs, which it describes as an acceleration hub for data innovation.

The new organisation, which brings together expertise from across the business, aims to use advanced data analytics, industrial Artificial Intelligence and machine learning techniques to unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies.

The company explains that the R2 Data Labs are built around Data Innovation Cells — mixed discipline teams of data experts who work in collaboration with teams from across Rolls-Royce’s operations. These Data Innovation Cells will seek to accelerate new ideas for predictive, data-based services in areas such as asset availability, efficiency and maintenance or safety and compliance.

Neil Crockett, Head of R2 Data Labs and Chief Digital Officer for Rolls-Royce, says that the new structure 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 R2 Data Labs follows the recently announced partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), giving Rolls-Royce a new digital platform capability. The platform enables data to be captured, shared and analysed more easily across all areas of Rolls-Royce. The initiative also complements a preferred partner agreement with Microsoft for cloud solutions.

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