U.S. Robotics Inc., a leading modem and remote communications vendor, said it formed an alliance with Information Resource Engineering Inc. to sell remote electronic commerce technologies.

The companies said their joint offerings can pave the way for secure corporate connectivity and virtual private networking, as well as secure on-line transactions. A company could equip its sales force with mobile computers to get access to internal systems via the Internet. Or with issuance of digital signatures, a mortgage transaction could be completed on-line.

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