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Boeing has reached a deal to buy Inmedius, a software company based in Pittsburgh that makes software for managing and distributing technical information.

Think of it as “big data” in the air. The deal, announced this morning, will support Boeing’s “digital airline” strategy — an initiative to help airlines gather and make sense of the large amounts of data produced by modern aircraft.

The aerospace giant says the technology will also boost its efforts in defense and manufacturing, in addition to its commercial airplanes program.

Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. Privately held Inmedius has 75 employees, and will be folded into Boeing subsidiary Continental DataGraphics after the deal closes.

[Image credit: Boeing]

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