Jacobs to acquire analytics firm BlackLynx

The acquisition will strengthen Jacobs’ cyber intelligence and digital capabilities

Jacobs has announced its intent to acquire enterprise software solutions provider BlackLynx.

Jacobs' ability to deliver real-time, actionable insights addressing national security and mission-critical requirements will be strengthened by BlackLynx's software-enabled offerings and products in edge computing, hybrid cloud infrastructure, and collection automation.

Specifically, the acquisition will complement Jacobs' suite of cyber intelligence and digital services. 

"As edge computing proliferates across all domains, rapidly gaining actionable insights from the vast volumes of data becomes essential," said Steve Demetriou, chairman and CEO of Jacobs. 

"BlackLynx's embedded analytics platform provides real-time AI and ML image and data classification in the cloud and at the edge. The combination of Jacobs' deep domain knowledge and BlackLynx's next-generation technology will unlock new opportunities to create a more connected and sustainable world."

BlackLynx’s BlackStack software accelerates processing speeds for sensors deployed within ground, naval, and aerial systems. Additionally, Enterprise scale automation helps businesses automate application development, manage DevSecOps environments, and provide data ingestion, transport, and security solutions at scale.

In addition to expanding Jacobs' position to 14 of 18 US Intelligence Community agencies, the merger will align BlackLynx with Jacobs' Cyber and Intelligence business unit led by senior vice president Caesar Nieves.

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Jacobs plans to use BlackLynx's software systems to support government services, including transportation, water, and smart city infrastructure.

"With our shared values and strong cultures of performance excellence and innovation, our combination creates new opportunities for our people, our clients, our industries and the communities where we live and work," said Doug Wolfe, BlackLynx CEO. 

"Gaining real-time insights from data is a key ingredient in modernizing and securing our global infrastructure. Jacobs' strategic position supporting the United States' most critical missions and infrastructure creates a new trajectory for our leading software-enabled services."

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