iCAT Corp., a leading provider of electronic commerce software for merchants, said it will support SET 1.0, the first market- ready version of the MasterCard-Visa Secure Electronic Transactions protocol for Internet payments.

iCAT said it is working with three vendors backing SET-International Business Machines Corp., Outreach Communications, and Verifone Inc.-to connect to a wide range of "virtual cash registers." The system would also run on Microsoft Windows NT and Sun Solaris operating platforms and, in the future, those of Hewlett-Packard Co., Verifone's parent.

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