International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp., and six others have joined the Global Chipcard Alliance, bringing the telecommunications-oriented standards group up to 16 members.

Other new members are the smart card manufacturer Gemplus Group of France; payment services companies Landis & Gyr of Switzerland and Elcotel Inc. of Sarasota, Fla.; and telecommunications companies Northern Telecom of Canada, Telstra of Australia, and SPT Telecom of the Czech Republic.

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