Canadian Wireless Firms Worth Watching

by Rob Lewis

As part of a regular series on innovative IT companies in various sectors, IDC Canada Analyst Krista Collins has just named 10 Canadian-based wireless companies that are worth watching.

  1. BelAir Networks, Ottawa - Makes mobile wireless broadband mesh network solutions.
  2. CellWand Communications, Toronto - Application for people wanting a taxi that detects a wireless caller’s location and finds the nearest cab.
  3. ComVu Media, Vancouver - PocketCaster software lets people stream video from their handsets directly to websites.
  4. GEOTrac International, Calgary - A GPS tracking and communications solution for the oil and gas industry.
  5. In Motion Technology, New Westminister, BC - onBoard Mobile Gateway lets public safety vehicles stay connected to multiple wireless local area networks.
  6. LIPSO Systems, Montreal - Delivery platform for delivering a variety messages to handsets from news events to bar codes.
  7. Rove Mobile, Ottawa - Mobile Admin application lets IT and network managers run their infrastructures from a variety of handsets.
  8. Spira Data, Calgary - Application lets remote workers enter field tickets on portable devices even if they’re offline
  9. Verrus Mobile, Vancouver - Pay-by-phone systems used by municipal parking systems.
  10. Wallace Wireless, Toronto - Wireless emergency response systems for enterprise workers.

While there is no shortage of wireless companies approaching marketing companies with ways to push messages out to mass audiences, a few of these companies are taking a different approach. LIPSO is targeting the airline industry and Air Canada has tested its application for sending its passengers a 2-D bar code to handhelds which can be used to speed check-in. At least one US television station has bought ComVu’s PocketCaster for its news reporters so they can send immediate video from an incident while the heavy portable satellite transmitter is being set up. And the BC Ambulance Authority has used In Motion’s gateway to help cut dispatch time to 10 seconds from 45 seconds.

BelAir Networks
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

BelAir Networks has maintained the global market share lead for outdoor, wireless broadband infrastructure equipment for the last 4 consecutive quarters starting in 2H/2007, and maintaining this market dominance heading into 2008. BelAir is a next-generation mobile network (NGMN) equipment supplier, founded in 2002, that provides broadband wireless networking solutions built around multiple... more

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PayByPhone was founded over ten years ago and is now North America's leading providor of mobile payments in the parking industry. PayByPhone operates across North America and Europe in over 180 cities including London, Miami, Vancouver, Newcastle, San Francisco and Paris. Over three million people have signed up to use the PayByPhone service. Motorists find the PayByPhone service easy to use... more

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Rove is the leading provider of network administration software that allows for unified management of all IT systems from a handheld device or computer. Our exceptional team takes pride in knowing that our award-winning solution is lowering costs, increasing productivity and reducing risk in the IT environments of more than 2,400 organizations worldwide. more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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