Star Systems Inc., which runs the largest debit card and automated teller machine network in the country, will announce today that it has licensed an Internet debit card payment system developed by an East Coast competitor, NYCE Corp.

The pact may represent the most significant advance to date toward making on-line debit card payments a routine part of commerce on the Internet, which today does not accommodate these cards. The two regional networks plan to make the Internet product, SafeDebit, available to their member financial institutions, which together number more than 5,500. NYCE and Star will also encourage the banks to send free SafeDebit software to on-line banking and debit card customers, in what could amount to America Online-style marketing.

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