GE Aviation opened its digital collaboration center in Austin with launch customer Qantas Airways. Through the partnership, data scientists, software developers and architects from GE and Qantas will work together to distill some of the ten billion data points produced by the aviation sector annually into solutions that can achieve greater fleet intelligence and operational insights. GE Aviation Chief Digital Officer Jim Daily officially opened the center with Qantas Head of Fuel and Environment Alan Milne. Local officials participating in the event included State Representative Paul Workman, State Representative Celia Israel and Ahmed Tewfix, chairperson of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin. The center is located at GE Aviation’s Digital Solutions headquarters in Austin, Texas. GE Aviation occupies approximately 27,000 ft² at the facility and employs about 100 data scientists, engineers and designers. Initiatives in the pipeline could lead to a significant increase in employment in Austin for GE Aviation by the end of 2017. The digital collaboration center in Austin is GE Aviation’s first in the United States. In the past year, GE opened similar centers in Dubai, Shanghai and Paris are connecting data, developers and Predix, the world’s first and only cloud-based operating system built exclusively for industry. Predix is powering innovative Industrial Internet apps that turn operational data into insight for better and faster decision making.
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