Thales acquires Sysgo, the European leader in real-time, highly secure operating systems

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
Thales acquires Sysgo, the European leader in real-time, highly secure 
                         operating systems 
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France -15 November 2012 - Thales announces the acquisition
of Sysgo AG, the European leader in safe and secure operating systems required
for markets served by the Group such as aeronautics, space, transport, defence
and security. Sysgo employs 80 people in Germany, France and the Czech
The operation will strengthen Thales's leadership in embedded computing
solutions for mission-critical applications. At the same time, it will bring
Sysgo access to the market for Thales solutions, consolidating the company's
position as Europe's leading provider of safe and secure operating systems while
supporting its capacity to expand into new markets such as automotive. 
Luc Vigneron, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Thales, called the
acquisition "an excellent opportunity to bring on board dynamic teams of experts
in advanced software technologies. This will accelerate the development of the
next generation of operating systems, particularly for avionics applications.
All of our markets will benefit from the key competencies of Sysgo, as the Group
addresses growing safety and security requirements with new generations of
multi-core processors." 
In a joint statement, the Executive Team of Sysgo, Michael Tiedemann and Knut
Degen, said they were delighted to see the company being backed up by "an
organisation with the breadth and calibre of Thales. This step boosts Sysgo's
technological and commercial development both within Thales and with our
long-standing customer base in the open market . So all of us at Sysgo are very
excited about the future development plan proposed by Thales, which is providing
us with the ability, but also the freedom to promote the PikeOS operating system
globally in all market segments." 
Sysgo will be a subsidiary of Thales while retaining its core mission and brand
identity. The company will continue to be headquartered in Klein-Winternheim,
near Frankfurt, Germany. 
Thales will rely heavily on the company's current management and staff to ensure
that Sysgo can guarantee continuity of service with existing customers. 
About Thales 
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the
Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of EUR13
billion with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and
researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy
equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security
requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations
around the world working with customers as local partners. 
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