Infowave Software Inc. has partnered with HandStep ApS to bundle the Infowave Wireless Business Engine as part of HandStep’s newly launched Client Manager CRM application.

The Wireless Business Engine is a modular enterprise-grade software solution that offers organizations a wireless enterprise strategy. It provides wireless access to Web-based applications, the Internet, corporate intranets, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and other corporate applications. It works across the full spectrum of devices from laptops and PDAs to converged voice and data devices. HandStep is a systems integrator that specializes in the sale and implementation of mobile technologies. The company’s focus area is the development of handheld applications and solutions. It develops custom applications for Pocket PC and Palm computers.

Rugged laptops find their way onto patrol

Almost 300 Ontario Provincial Police cruisers are being outfitted with ToughBook technology from Panasonic Canada. The installations will begin this month, following a successful pilot program that saw 25 CF28 ToughBooks tested in OPP police cars.

The CF28s are equipped with a full magnesium alloy case, which protects the display and components from vibration and shock. A fully-sealed keyboard, touchpad and ports resist spills from liquids and dust. The laptop includes an Intel Mobile Pentium III processor, a 30GB hard disk drive, a 256MB SDRAM and an integrated swappable 3.5-inch FDD. They also feature a transreflective 800 x 600 colour 12.1-inch direct sunlight viewable display. The CF28 weighs nine pounds.

Linksys, Ricochet unveil wireless WAN router

Linksys Group Inc. has teamed up with Ricochet Networks Inc. to build a router for homes, small offices and public wireless LAN hot spots that use Ricochet’s wireless wide-area data service, the companies announced recently.

Users can attach an 802.11 wireless LAN access point to the Linksys Ricochet Router for a fully wireless network, the companies said in a statement. Alternatively, they can hook as many as four computers or other devices up to the Ricochet wireless service through four 10/100Mbps (bit-per-second) Ethernet switch ports in the router. The router, priced at US$119.95, is equipped with a PC Card slot for a Ricochet wireless WAN card, which is sold separately. Home users can use the PC Card in a notebook PC while out of the house and then plug the same card into the router for shared Internet access over a LAN when they get home, said Matthew McRae, director of broadband at Linksys. In addition, a combined wireless LAN that also uses wireless for its WAN connection can easily be moved and set up anywhere in the carrier’s service area, he said. The Ricochet service, operated over the company’s proprietary Micro Cellular Data Network, operates at about four times the speed of dial-up Internet service, according to the companies.