Rolls-Royce launches new digital platform

Rolls-Royce’s R2 Data Labs (launched 2017) has announced the launch of Yocova – an aviation-centric data exchange platform. The platform is engineered for secure data sharing in addition to providing an information exchange for software applications.

Yocova is part of Rolls-Royce’s ‘IntelligentEngine’ initiative, which both enables flexible data sharing and maximises the potential of the connected engine.

“We are thrilled to unveil Yocova,” says Caroline Gorski, Group Director, R2 Data Labs. “Since our launch, R2 Data Labs has been committed to unlocking the value of data and encouraging collaborative data innovation. This digitally-enhanced platform fits perfectly within that vision. We are already seeing great value in working with our industry peers to unlock our combined data sources and create unique digital service solutions that could truly enhance the future of aviation.”

According to the engine manufacturer, Yocova has already begun to attract various users including software / application providers and operators, namely Singapore Airlines which uses the platform to enhance its own operational efficiency.

“The creation of a modern open digital collaboration and innovation platform is a strategic move that addresses a clear need in the market,” said George Wang, Senior Vice President Information Technology of Singapore Airlines. “We are glad to be able to provide our digital expertise and operational experience as an airline, and work with Rolls-Royce on the development of Yocova. We see a huge opportunity for value creation across the industry through the open platform, and ease of collaboration where the control of data lies with the data owners and not the central platform. This project is in line with our vision of being a leading digital airline.”

To date, Yocova has been operating as a trial platform for over six months in its beta phase. Now that it is utilised by Singapore Airlines, Yocova will seek broader content and commercial investment from industry partners.