Two companies from either side of the Atlantic are merging in hopes of becoming a stronger force in the development of prepaid card systems.

The companies, GiroVend of London and Debitek Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn., have done most of their work in internal, closed-payment systems. For example, Debitek was a supplier to pilot projects at Chemical Bank in New York and CoreStates Bank in Philadelphia, in which employees were given cards for use in cafeterias and vending machines.

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