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Software from Australia's Open Kernel Labs has been deployed in more than one billion mobile handsets.


Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) was spun out of NICTA in 2006 to commercialise virtualisation software for mobile devices. That software has now been deployed in more than on billion devices.

"As OK Labs deployments surpass the one billion mark, we continue to invest in new technology and to launch new products," said Steve Subar, CEO, OK Labs. "In 2010 alone, we released the OK Labs Mass-Market Smartphone Solution, the Nirvana Phone concept (together with Citrix) and, most recently, OK Labs SecureIT Mobile, a solution for secure and certified mobile devices."

Virtualisation is used in mobile devices to isolate and protect real-time aspects of the system, and to encapsulate GPL open source components so that proprietary code need not be disclosed.

The announcement of the one billion device milestone was welcomed by Federal and NSW politicians.

Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, described OK Labs as "an internationally successful company producing cutting-edge products based on Australian research and innovation,", while his colleague, Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, said "This is a shining example of the way publicly-funded research can ultimately produce impressive commercial outcomes."

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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