General Dynamics acquires OK Labs

Infotech Lead North America: General Dynamics has acquired Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), a Chicago-based provider of microkernel-based hypervisors and operating systems for embedded systems.

Following this acquisition, OK Labs will become part of General Dynamics Broadband, a subsidiary of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed.

The acquisition expands General Dynamics’ capabilities as a provider of secure mobile devices for public safety, civilian, military and commercial customers as well as in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI) for the commercial market.

OK Labs provides virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems.

OK Labs’ “Defense-Grade” solutions for commercial devices strengthen General Dynamics’ offerings for public-safety broadband market and mobile device markets, and complements General Dynamics’ 40-year history of providing encryption technology to protect voice and data communications classified up to the Top Secret level

“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 supports a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment, enabling enterprises to allow the use of smart phones and other portable computing devices securely in their networks.  OK Labs also provides automotive virtualization solutions by enabling the separation of dashboard applications (multimedia, infotainment) from core automotive functions without compromising safety, security or reliability.

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