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Rolls-Royce opens ship intelligence centre in Norway

Rolls-Royce has opened what it says will be the first in a series of “ship intelligence experience spaces” in Ålesund, Norway, to demonstrate the how the company can apply digital technologies to optimising vessel performance.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}These Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) spaces will provide an area for customers to validate the benefits that can be derived from such systems, including Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management (EM) and Equipment Health Management (EHM) portals, in real-time operational environments.

“It is often difficult to convey the many commercial and operational benefits of new Cloud-based digital technologies. But now, with the opening of this, the first in a number of planned Ship Intelligence Experience Spaces around the world, we can fully demonstrate for our customers the very tangible benefits of what is often considered an intangible technology,” said Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce, president – marine.

The IAM space is split into two areas, an ‘Intelligent Analytics Centre Collaborative Canvas area’ and a ‘Fleet Management Command Centre’. The facility also provides a work space in which Rolls-Royce and its customers can tweak existing digital systems and collaborate on the development of new tools to meet specific requirements.

The Intelligent Analytics Centre Collaborative Canvas space aims to assist visitors in visualising the data that can be generated by maritime operations, which can then be applied to the development of product features in collaboration with the users themselves, to maximise their benefit.

The Fleet Management Command Centre area, meanwhile, is a proof-of-concept for a future Rolls-Royce product that will provide a centralised point of access for fleet information, controlled via a touch interface and incorporating a floor-to-ceiling, six-metre-wide curved screen.

“This data is invaluable,” said Jan Chirkowski, Rolls-Royce, Intelligent Analytics Centre manager.

“For example, it can inform fleet managers of any material degradation or likely component failure before it actually happens. Components can then be ordered and replaced before causing any operational disturbance.”

“Certainly, a reduction in the frequency of unplanned maintenance events will pay dividends and result in a fleet that is always running to optimum commercial and environmental efficiency.”{/mprestriction}

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