“Atos Origin Builds and Operates WAP Service for Planfax”

Paris, France - October 18, 2001

SGCI Planfax, a specialist multimedia map provider, has asked Atos Origin to design and operate its WAP service site (wap.1bis.com/fr). Accessible via British Telecom's Genie portal, the site will enable anyone with a WAP-compatible terminal to get information concerning local services such as restaurants, hotels, contractors and merchants.

Planfax, a leading interactive multimedia map publisher, has asked Atos Origin to build and operate a site for its innovative WAP service. Directly accessible via British Telecom's Genie portal, the new service will enable anyone with a WAP terminal to find information about local services available in the main cities of France. The company has already called on Atos Origin, its technology partner since 1992, to design and operate its Internet site (www.1bis.com), which provides companies and consumers with a wide array of services, ranging from supply of maps and journey calculators to business, personal and reverse phone directories.

Like all currently available WAP applications, Planfax's WAP service had to accommodate the wide diversity of WAP-compatible terminal interfaces, with different operating features, fonts and screen sizes. Through close collaboration with manufacturers of the most commonly available WAP terminals (telephones and PDAs), Atos Origin is able to offer clients a module that can optimize the WAP service display according to each terminal's characteristics.

By continuously improving its expertise in standards management, Atos Origin is positioned as a recognized expert in new online Internet technologies and services, covering a broad spectrum from telephony (WAP, SMS, IVR) to interactive TV. Clients thus benefit from an unparalleled quality of service in terms of scalability, performance and optimized security.

Atos Origin integrates and operates on its multimedia platform the strategic applications of such large corporations as M6, Les Echos, L'Equipe, Société Générale, Peugeot, Renault, Alstom and Club Dial.

Technical Platform

  • Pools of digital and analog front-end modems.
  • A secure WAP gateway compatible with WAP 1.1.
  • Secure NT load repetition servers.
  • Java Servlet-based dynamic page engines.

Service Access

The service can be accessed with a WAP emulator via:

WAP (Wireless Application Protocol): A set of standards that enable Internet access using mobile phones.
PDA: Personal Digital Assistant
IVR: Interactive Voice Response servers
SMS (Short Message Service): A service that allows users to send text or encoded messages to mobile phones.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international business and technology integrator. Its business is turning client visions into results through the application of management consulting, enterprise, e-business and outsourcing solutions. The company has annual revenues of more than EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has 27,000 employees. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal ans Wolters Kluwer.

Other WAP clients of Atos Origin include: Les Echos, M6, Fimatex, Cadres Online and L'Equipe.

Atos Origin Press Contacts:
Marie-Tatiana Collombert
+ 33 (1) 49 00 96 33

Anne de Beaumont
Tel: + 33 (0)1 49 00 96 42
Email: anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

About Planfax

Founded in 1992, PlanFax is a pioneer in digital multimedia map publishing and an unrivaled source of access maps. The company, which expects 2001 revenue to total FRF 24 million, is majority-owned by two partners, with the remaining shares held by venture capital funds, such as the Fond du Conseil Régional d'Ile de France. Planfax offers a highly attractive range of products and services for businesses that want to generate point-of-sales traffic and personalize their customer interface. Its three main services are access maps, road maps and geographic information systems for the Internet and intranets. More recently, in collaboration with COFACE SCRL and Infobel, Planfax has been marketing such new services as local information concerning hotels, restaurants and other providers, as well as business, personal and reverse phone directories.
For more information, visit: http://www.1bis.com

Planfax Press Contacts:
Laurent Estour/Guillaume de Maussion
Phone: +33 (0)1 41 38 38 38
lestour@planfax.com / gdemaussion@planfax.com

About Genie
Genie is British Telecom's Internet portal for mobile phone users. Owned by BT Wireless (75%) and BT Group (25%), it operates mobile phone Internet portals in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Hong Kong, and a WAP portal in Malaysia with a total of four million members. The www.genie.fr portal opens the Internet to people on the move by providing a package of interactive services, content and applications designed for PCs and mobile phones, as well as an exclusive SMS offer enabling 250 messages a day to be sent worldwide. Just one month after its introduction in France, Genie already had 128,000 members on its site. In the months ahead, Genie will continue international expansion in other European countries and in Asia.
For more information, visit: http://www.genie.fr