(Qpass Inc., Seattle, WA, www.qpass.com) A software provider that specializes in managing the full cycle of activities for business systems and value-added data services for wireless carriers and network operators. Its offering includes content partner relationships, authentication, transaction management, access control, billing, settlement and customer care.|
Founded in 1997, Qpass started out as a Web payment service in which the Qpass servers contained the digital wallet information necessary to complete purchases. It was the first company to host a full e-commerce system shared by participating merchants that appeared to be part of the merchant's own site. In late 2004, the company acquired Dublin-based Altamedius, a well known European payment provider, in order to be able to offer this service to its mobile commerce clientele. See Web payment service.