DUBLIN - Allied Irish Banks PLC has announced that it will join Identrus LLC, a multinational banking consortium working to develop a common public key infrastructure for business-to-business electronic commerce.

Identrus, which was founded in April 1999, is assembling a network of financial institutions that can certify corporate customers as trusted online trading partners.

"We believe that our involvement with Identrus will ultimately support the development of added-value, trust-based services for our business customers," said Billy Andrews, general manager of electronic banking at Allied Irish.

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