Rolls-Royce steps on the digital vision with TCS tie-up

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on November 15, 2017

IoT platform can help in predictive maintenance of aircraft spare parts, engines

Rolls-Royce has signed a five-year deal with TCS to accelerate adoption of newer technologies.

While the deal size was undisclosed, TCS will help Rolls-Royce to use its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, which can help in predictive maintenance of aircraft spare parts and provide insights into performance of engines. The deal, according to TCS CEO and MD, Rajesh Gopinathan, will help Rolls-Royce to make informed decisions based on the data crunching from TCS' IoT platorm, in addition to deploying an army of engineers.

“It will accelerate Rolls-Royce's ‘Digital First’ vision, deliver further value to customers, improve existing services, accelerate development and deployment times and create new areas of growth,” he added.

TCS will be able to use its large pool of engineers and leverage its partnership ecosystem across different countries to help innovate and save costs.

“We expect to realise both short and long-term benefits through this collaboration,” said Neil Crockett, Chief Digital Officer, Rolls-Royce.

In the short-term, Rolls-Royce is looking to reduce costs, and in the long-term come up with newer ways through which the tonnes of data that it generates can be monetised.

One of the reasons Rolls-Royce is doing this is due to the internal mandate of wanting to transform the group, which builds machines in aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems.

The airlines industry, for example, is very complex with suppliers that run into hundreds and companies like Rolls-Royce are looking at simplifying the supply chain using technology.

Also, TCS works with several airline companies and believes that this domain expertise will come in handy in this project, according to industry watchers.

Published on November 15, 2017
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