i-BLADES gets strategic investment from In-Q-Tel
i-BLADES, Inc., headquartered in Milpitas, CA, announced on April 9 a strategic investment and development agreement with In-Q-Tel, Inc. (IQT), the strategic investor that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the U.S. intelligence and defense communities. The IQT partnership will enable i-BLADES to speed up the development of its smartphone technology for new public, private, and command solutions.
With i-BLADES’s technology, users can take off-the-shelf or Bring your own Phone (BYOP) smartphones and transform them into adaptive and secure devices that are easily deployed in a variety of environments, industries, and special sectors. The result is a powerful mobile device that provides a breadth of new capabilities to smartphones, while eliminating the need to regenerate or customize form factor.
“We provide the innovative ability for users to slap on a multifunctional “Blade” with distinct capabilities—restricted or unrestricted—tailored to userspecifications,” says Jorge Fernandes, CEO, i-BLADES. “Our partnership with IQT underscores the strength of our technology and the new capabilities we bring to the table to aid national security.”
“The ability to take off-the-shelf smartphones and add additional functionality is critical for U.S. government customers,” says Eileen Tanghal, partner, Investments at IQT. “We see i-BLADES as a key strategic partner in providing solutions that enhance government efforts to speed up time-to-market, lower costs, and simplify user learning.”