BAY AREA TECH JOURNAL
Wi-Fi Provider ICOA Acquires San Jose-Based AuthDirect
2006-09-09 – San Jose, Calif. — ICOA, a Rhode Island-based provider of Wi-Fi networks for public venues, said on Thursday that it has acquired San Jose-based AuthDirect, a privately held firm that provides service management platforms for Wi-Fi hotspot service providers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AuthDirect’s service management platform includes customized branding, credit card merchant gateway integration and flexibility to incorporate access control devices from over 15 hardware manufacturers. The company’s technology is used by McDonald’s restaurant hotspots and provides services for Barnes & Noble, Tully’s Coffee and Taco Bell hotspots managed by Cometa Networks.