Onwards On Wing: GE Aviation Center Lands in Fast-Growing Middle East
A group of data scientists, user-experience designers and software application developers are part of a new team setting up in Dubai … but this is no consumer Internet startup. Rather, it’s GE’s first-in-the-region Middle East Aviation Technology Center.
Located near the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic and in the heart of a region that is one of the fastest growing in terms of passenger traffic, the Center will help GE’s regional aviation customers benefit from bringing together the physical and digital worlds through the Industrial Internet. The result will be increased productivity, maximized performance and minimized downtime. The Center will address the entire aviation ecosystem, from engines to services to software.
“The Center provides an advanced technology space that will look at thousands of parameters on both aircraft engines and systems in order to provide insights across broad customer operations and drive significant outcomes,” said Gary Mercer, Vice President of Engineering Services for GE Aviation.
Drawing together GE’s aviation industry expertise, data analytics, and software capabilities, the center will enhance the service level for GE systems and engines, and serve as a regional customer and product support hub.
Located at the Dubai Airport Free Xone, the Center also will be a place where GE data and software experts and engineers will help customers solve business challenges by implementing software applications running on GE’s Predix, the world’s first operating system designed especially for industry.
GE officially announced the opening of the Center during Dubai Airshow 2015, the world’s fastest-growing international air show and one of the world’s most important.
The facility reflects GE’s long-term commitment to supporting the region’s aviation sector, the scope of which is reflected in the fact that GE technologies are helping to fly nearly two-thirds of the region’s commercial fleets.