Total, Tata in digital innovation centre partnership
French and Indian industry heavyweights combine to explore cutting-edge, disruptive technologies.
Total and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have signed a partnership agreement to create a digital innovation centre in India. Based in Pune, the centre will explore disruptive technologies and solutions.
“For a large industrial group like Total, it is essential to always stay ahead of these topics”, said Marie-Noëlle Semeria, senior vice president and group chief technology officer at Total. “After having integrated digital solutions within the Group, we now want to invent those of tomorrow by combining Total's know-how with the agility of TCS.”
The partnership will initially focus on refining. Thanks to the intensive use of digital technology, the various building blocks of refining (production units, processes, the supply chain and petroleum product markets) will be driven in a wide-ranging way to improve refinery performance. Real-time data analytics, the Internet of Things, automation, artificial intelligence and agile methodology will be used to improve industrial efficiency, energy performance and availability rates.
“With the digital innovation centre, we are positioning ourselves as a pioneer working to develop a smart, connected refinery that will allow us to improve our industrial competitiveness. We want to invent the Refinery 4.0” said Bernard Pinatel, president, refining & chemicals at Total.
Based on the TCS concept of “entrepreneurship-in-residence,” Total will work with TCS technology and domains experts. TCS will also bring to Total its network, its structured co-innovation approach and its Business 4.0 cooperation framework.
“The energy and resources sector is one of TCS’ fastest growing business units. We are delighted to sign this strategic digital innovation partnership with Total for which we will leverage our Business 4.0 framework, with a focus on agile, intelligent automation, internet of things, analytics and cloud-based solutions” said Debashish Ghosh, president of energy, resources and EPC business at TCS.