Xcert International Inc. said it has entered into a strategic alliance with Document Authentication Systems Inc., developer of the DocuGuard secure document system for the Internet.

Under the agreement, SentryCA certificate authority system will be integrated with DocuGuard. Customers of Dallas-based Document Authentication Systems will have access through Xcert to digital certificates and a full range of public key infrastructure, or PKI, technology.

"Xcert offers industrial-strength PKI solutions directly to end users or via our strategic alliances with market-leading third-party vendors such as DAS," said Thomas Nolan, president and chief executive officer of the California company. "DAS is a well-known proponent in establishing the legal requirements of electronic commerce and is focusing on the business- process needs of targeted vertical markets. With Xcert's flexible, open PKI, they now can offer an even more compelling solution to customers."

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