GE Aviation’s Accelerator opened this week to provide a place in the D.C., Virginia and Maryland area for hands-on collaboration with federal and defence customers.

The ‘innovation space’ is focused on using data and analytics with idea generation, incubation and development for products and services.

Data scientists, domain experts, software developers and solution architects from GE will work together with federal and defence customers to “distill some of the 10 billion data points produced by the defence sector annually into solutions that can achieve condition-based maintenance and connect disparate data sources”.

GE Aviation Chief Digital Officer, John Mansfield, officially opened the accelerator with Vice President of Software Research at GE’s Global Research Center, Colin Parris, and GE Aviation President of Military Systems, Tony Mathis. Technology partners participating in the event included Microsoft, Teradata, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, CACI and VION.

Digital meets physical

Mansfield commented: “Building on the strong partnership we have with our customers will allow us to continue to share both our physics and digital-based capabilities, improving their asset availability, efficiency and operations.”

Parris added:“GE Aviation’s Accelerator is where digital and physical technologies come together in powerful ways to improve industrial operations of all kinds.

“We’re combining data, AI and our deep industry domain expertise into digital twins that provide unique insights and solutions to drive better mission-based outcomes for the military and for industry.”

The Accelerator is located at the Warner Building in Washington, D.C. It is GE Aviation’s second collaboration space in the United States, with the first one in Austin, Texas. GE has similar spaces in Dubai and Munich.

Watch this video about the Accelerator:

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