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Stéphanie Dupont - 1/03/2016

Safety Line and Inria Saclay-Île-de-France create an Inria Innovation Lab to reduce fuel consumption in aircraft.

The partnership between Safety Line and the COMMANDS research team has now resulted in the creation of an Inria Innovation Lab. Dubbed OSCAR (OptimiSation of Consumption for AiRplanes) and established for a period of three years, this joint laboratory aims to improve development of the product OptiClimb and provide airlines with flight scheduling and operational performance management software. Benefits for the industry include optimizing fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions.

The Inria Innovation Lab OSCAR

The project consists of the COMMANDS project team from Inria Saclay – Île-de-France research centre, whose main focus is studying dynamic optimization and its various aspects, and Safety Line, whose main activity involves developing and supplying companies in the airline industry with innovative performance improvement software solutions by leveraging flight data. 

Result of an already successful collaboration

Partners for three years now, Safety Line and the COMMANDS team from Inria Saclay – Île-de-France have previously worked on the optimization of climb rate in scheduling flights. This collaboration resulted in a patent and the software solution OptiClimb, which now enables airlines to significantly cut down on fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. Using data from black boxes, OptiClimb optimizes flight climb profiles and saves airlines several hundred thousand euros per year. The solution thus addresses both economic and environmental concerns in the airline industry. 

Integration and operational application of innovative technology

Pierre Jouniaux, Chairman and founder of Safety Line says: "For a start-up like Safety Line, collaborating with a Research Institute like Inria is a fantastic opportunity. It means being able to apply innovative technology in the context of an industry while accelerating its operational integration". Since 2010, the COMMANDS team has been developing Bocop, an open source toolbox for identification and optimization. The tools are included in the OptiClimb software package. According to Frédéric Bonnans, COMMANDS project team leader, "For our team, working with this dynamic start-up is an opportunity to illustrate and improve our optimal control toolbox, Bocop, by taking advantage of the responsiveness of a small organization".

Keywords: Optimisation Inria Saclay Ile-de-France Équipe-projet COMMANDS Inria Innovation Lab