General Dynamics Broadband Acquires OK Labs (9/11/12)
General Dynamics acquired Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), a Chicago-based privately held provider of virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems. The value of the cash transaction was not disclosed.
OK Labs will become part of General Dynamics Broadband, a subsidiary of General Dynamics C4 Systems. In May, General Dynamics bought IPWireless, a supplier of two public-safety broadband communications systems, and formed General Dynamics Broadband. The company has high expectations for the public-safety broadband market, executives said in July.
This transaction enhances General Dynamics' ability to meet increasing government and military needs for secure computing on commercial handheld devices. OK Labs' solutions for commercial devices enable secure separation of corporate data and applications from a user's personal data stored or accessed on the same device. This feature broadens General Dynamics' range of device offerings in the expanding public-safety broadband market and mobile device markets.
"Government and corporate CIOs want the advantages of today's commercial mobile devices without having to sacrifice the integrity and security of their networks," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "OK Labs' market-leading expertise in implementing security on commercial devices delivers ease of use and reduced cost to customers."
OK Labs' software is deployed on more than 1.6 billion government and commercial devices worldwide. The technology allows smart phones and other portable computing devices to be securely used for personal and business applications simultaneously. OK Labs' solutions also make it easier for engineers to design, deploy and maintain software for these platforms.
OK Labs also provides automotive virtualization solutions by enabling the separation of dashboard applications such as multimedia and infotainment, from core automotive functions without compromising safety, security or reliability.
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