GE Aviation acquired a stake in aircraft data collection and transmission specialist Avionica, betting on the growing acceptance for real-time health monitoring.

The deal involves the creation of a joint venture combining “Avionica’s suite of flight data management solutions, which includes Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite connectivity, with GE Aviation’s analytics expertise,” according to a statement. Customers can expect an improved flow of aircraft flight data and enriched data “at speeds and scale supported by industrial internet technologies,” GE said.

GE cited “accelerating edge processing,” where data is processed near the source of the data. Combined with real-time and post-flight connectivity, the technology is said to increase the value of flight data. It will also help customers manage connectivity costs, Miami-based Avionica said.

“We are determined to take aerospace data usage ... to the next level,” said John Mansfield, chief digital officer for GE Aviation. “The flow of rich and continuous data provides insights into asset condition that were not previously possible.” Avionica emphasized the ability to access “important flight information, such as engine and aircraft health data, wherever the aircraft is operating around the world.” GE is targeting better precision in predictive maintenance.

The joint venture already has certifications for hardware and services on “more than 300 models of aircraft,” including Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer types.

Predictive maintenance offerings appear to be gaining momentum. Last month, Airbus inked contracts with three carriers—Allegiant Air, WOW Air and Small Planet Airlines—for its Skywise predictive maintenance services, bringing the total number of airline customers to seven. Airbus and Rockwell Collins have developed an on-board data-capture and transmission module. The first installation in linefit and retrofit is scheduled to start imminently.

Airbus launched the Skywise aviation data platform at the 2017 Paris Air Show, in collaboration with Palantir Technologies, a company with expertise in “big-data integration and advanced analytics.”