Rolls-Royce has launched R2 Data Labs, to act as an acceleration hub for data innovation.
Using advanced data analytics, industrial artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, R2 Data Labs aims to develop data applications that unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies within Rolls-Royce, and create new service propositions for customers.
Neil Crockett, Head of R2 Data Labs and Chief Digital Officer for Rolls-Royce, said: “We see huge untapped potential for our customers to achieve better, more efficient operations through collaborating with Rolls-Royce in data innovation projects. So we’re building on our data innovation foundations with a new model that will deliver a major step-change in the capability and impact of our data innovation and services.”
At the heart of R2 Data Labs are Data Innovation Cells – mixed-discipline teams of data experts who work in collaboration with teams from across Rolls-Royce’s operations. These cells apply cutting-edge DevOps principles to rapidly explore data, unlock and test new ideas, and turn those ideas into new innovation and services. These Data Innovation Cells will focus on creating new predictive, data-based services in areas such as asset availability, efficiency and maintenance or safety and compliance.
“We’ve been pioneering a collaborative approach that makes what we do exponentially more powerful,” added Neil Crockett. “R2 Data Labs 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. We believe this kind of collaborative innovation will unlock the most undiscovered value from data.”
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, so that new products and services can be developed faster.
R2 Data Labs has data innovation capability hubs in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Singapore, India and New Zealand.