Wireless briefs

Fuzion Wireless Communications announced it has enabled the North York area in Ontario (formerly part of Metropolitan Toronto) to have access to Fuzion’s high-speed, high-bandwidth wireless network. The company said it will provide small- and medium-sized enterprises, ISPs and communications carriers in North York with access to a fast broadband solution. Providing bi-directional, wireless Internet access at speeds from 0.5 to 155 Mbps, Boca Raton Fla.- and Mississauga Ont.-based Fuzion said it allows customers to access bandwidth-intensive services like real-time video conferencing, full-motion streaming video, interactive remote applications and advanced data networking. Fuzion’s AccessNOW point-to-multi-point wireless network bypasses the wireline infrastructure by using the license-free 5.8 GHz and 2.4 GHz RF bands. For more information, visit www.gofuzion.com.

Richmond, B.C.’s Soft Tracks Enterprises and Halifax-based e-plicity recently announced an alliance to provide wireless payment acceptance solutions to North American enterprises. According to the companies, the agreement will enable e-plicity to connect their wireless payment acceptance solution to the Skypay network, developed by Soft Tracks and operated by Bell Mobility and SaskTel. The companies said that ultimately connecting to the Skypay architecture will enable e-plicity’s customers to facilitate the authorization of credit card transactions on any wireless device through Skypay payment application servers in Canada and the U.S. to participating financial institutions. Visit www.www.softtracks.com and www.e-plicity.com for details.

Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless recently announced the addition of Microsoft Corp. to the WirelessReady Alliance. The WirelessReady Alliance was founded in 1999 by Sierra Wireless and is composed of wireless device manufacturers, software application vendors and wireless value-added enterprise service providers. According to Sierra Wireless, the Alliance members work together to bring complete wireless data solutions that speed up the rate of mobile computing and wireless data adoption to market. Sierra Wireless said that Microsoft has ensured its position as a leader in the wireless space with such wireless-focussed technologies as the Pocket PC platform and the Stinger smart phone platform. For more information on the WirelessReady Alliance, visit www.wirelessready.org. Sierra Wireless is at www.sierrawireless.com.