Identrus LLC, formed to put banks at the center of the digital certificate business, said four of its 21 bank partners expect to finish testing the system shortly and begin issuing the security identifiers to their business customers this summer.

ABN Amro Bank NV, HypoVereinsbank, Bank of America Corp., and Deutsche Bank AG would become the first members of the bank consortium to deploy the certificates commercially. Identrus technology would mostly be used to verify the identify of parties in business-to-business transactions.

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