Rolls, MAN Collaborating On Digital Platform

Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on mýa, the open asset and fleet management system.

In February 2020, MAN Energy Solutions launched mýa, an open digital platform enabling the integration of OEM data across the marine, power, and energy industries. Members of mýa will have the opportunity to access all of their digital assets via a single interface that integrates all OEM data-streams and enables a complete system-view.

“Our mission is to work together to further develop and promote the mýa platform in support of our own digital products and services,” Schell said. “Using mýa technology, we’ll be able to provide data for our customers within a single platform. And we’re very keen to move forward on this because we see it as a major milestone in our development. At the same time, this initiative can only take off if other suppliers and industry actors also decide to join up.”

The move is the latest by Rolls-Royce to explore digital innovation through partnership and collaboration. It follows the launch earlier this year of Yocova, a new data exchange and collaboration platform for the aviation sector, by the Rolls-Royce data innovation catalyst R2 Data Labs.

“I’m very happy that a major player such as Rolls-Royce has chosen to join the mýa organisation and to support the platform’s development,” Lauber said. “With the launch of mýa, we want to reduce complexity for our customers, and other OEMs alike, and to lower the hurdles for getting payback from data.”

Per Hansson, Head of Digital and Strategy at MAN Energy Solutions, said solution providers offer so many digital solutions for system-performance optimization it results in a complicated, uncoordinated view of the various equipment that vessel and plant operators maintain.

“Essentially, mýa helps solve this problem by simplifying the retrieval of relevant data from these solutions,” Hansson said. “I’m very happy that a major player such as Rolls-Royce has chosen to enter into discussions with us about joining forces behind mýa’s development.”

Jürgen Winterholler, Vice-President of Digital IT at the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems said it is the company’s goal to have the best fleet and asset management service for our customers based on the highest data security standards.

“We will focus on delivering this service through our MTU Go! platform, by cooperating with mýa to set standards across the industry,” Winterholler said. “We are endeavoring to build an open, collaborative culture where asset related data can be shared easily and securely between organizations and companies. We feel the day of technology vendors and manufacturers trying to lock customers into their proprietary digital platforms by holding data hostage, is over.”

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