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Motorola, VeriSign Plan Wireless E-Commerce Solutions

Motorola and VeriSign Inc. said they plan to team up to develop and market solutions for secure e-commerce transactions to users of Internet-enabled wireless devices.

The companies said consumers will be able to purchase items using an Internet-enabled wireless phone, for example, with the confidence that the merchant is who it claims to be and that their purchase information is private and secure. Merchants would likewise be confident that consumers' identities are valid.

VeriSign provides Internet security services including authentication, validation, and payment.

"By combining Motorola's leadership in the wireless communication market with VeriSign's proven experience in developing trust services for the Internet, we are accelerating the time when wireless e-commerce is a common, everyday occurrence," said Richard Yanowitch, executive vice president of marketing for VeriSign.

Motorola and VeriSign said they will develop a range of authentication, validation, encryption and payment solutions for wireless device manufacturers, carriers, consumers and e-commerce service providers (such as financial institutions, media companies, ASPs and Business-to-Business and Business-to-Customer exchanges).

On Monday, VeriSign rolled out a new suite of wireless electronic commerce services that had been in development including:

A wireless personal trust agent or micro-client code that can be embedded in handheld devices enabling them to use private keys along with digital certificates and signatures; short-lived wireless server certificates that provide both authentication and real-time certificate validation for handhelds; and Gateway-assisted SSL, a new trust model enabling network service providers to substitute existing SSL certificates with wireless certificates.