GE Aviation’s Accelerator has opened to provide a place in the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area for hands-on collaboration with federal and defense customers to achieve mission-critical outcomes. The accelerator is an innovation space focused on using data and analytics with idea generation, incubation, and development for products and services.
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.
“GE Aviation’s Accelerator in Washington, D.C. is home to software developers, architects, data scientists, and domain experts with specific backgrounds in analytics, maintenance, and engines,” Mansfield said. “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.”
Through the partnership, data scientists, domain experts, software developers, and solution architects from GE will work together with federal and defense customers to distill some of the 10 billion data points produced by the defense sector annually into solutions that can achieve condition-based maintenance and connect disparate data sources.
“GE Aviation’s Accelerator is where digital and physical technologies come together in powerful ways to improve industrial operations of all kinds,” Parris said. “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.”
“Digital transformation is a strategic imperative for aviation to stay competitive in today’s ever-changing world,” Mathis said. “We’re partnering with customers to bring real and tangible outcomes leading to increased readiness, affordability, mission effectiveness, and operator safety.”
GE Aviation’s Accelerator is located at the Warner Building, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 9th floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. The collaboration space is comprised of data scientists, engineers, and UI/UX designers in the DMV area.
GE Aviation’s Accelerator in Washington, D.C. is the company’s second collaboration space in the United States, with the first one in Austin, Texas, the headquarters for its Digital Solutions business. GE has similar spaces in Dubai and Munich.
Today, more than 300 airlines, OEMs, and business jet operators covering more than 10,000 aircraft are GE Aviation’s Digital Solutions customers for services such as flight and fuel analytics, navigation services, operations management, and planning and recovery.