Connect Inc. said First Data Corp.'s card services group has selected its OneServer software to be part of an Internet payment service for banks and merchants.

First Data senior vice president Chuck White called Connect's product "the best available solution of its kind" for an on-line catalogue service.

OneServer is said to offer electronic payment processing, comprehensive management and administrative options, and full integration with other enterprise systems.

"We view First Data's choice as not only a significant event for Connect but for merchants wishing to make transactions on the Internet a reality," said Thomas P. Kehler, the software company's president and chief executive officer.

"We are pleased to announce First Data as our preferred payment processor and to provide First Data and its customers with the most advanced, scalable interactive commerce solution available today," Mr. Kehler said.

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