“Atos Origin and IBM Sign Software Remarketing Agreement for Internet Payment System”

Stuttgart, GERMANY - October 18, 2001

EMEA-wide Marketing of Poseidon IPS through IBM

European IT services provider Atos Origin and IBM have signed a Software Remarketing Agreement covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). IBM is immediately including Poseidon, the leading Internet Payment System (IPS) developed by Atos Origin, in its software product catalog for EMEA countries. The alliance will allow the partners to support rapid expansion of e-Commerce in the region and serve the market with a complete e-Commerce platform for electronic payment. Poseidon IPS enables financial service providers and merchants to rapidly and easily acquire and use electronic payment for their e-Commerce Web sites and content systems.

Poseidon IPS is particularly ideal for worldwide use because it is a comprehensive, quickly installed solution that can integrate all commonly used payment and security systems. It is included with IBM's RS/6000 product range in conjunction with IBM Websphere Payment Manager.

With its capability to effectively manage the common protocols of European banking and acquirer systems and their software, Poseidon IPS can be seamlessly integrated into existing banking systems.

In addition to enabling secure online payment, Poseidon IPS can also be easily connected to an authorization, merchant accounting and customer loyalty system. Customers may therefore choose among several different payment methods, including credit cards, electronic debiting, virtual customer cards and smart cards.

Affiliate marketing via the Internet is currently an important part of the marketing strategy of modern companies. Complex affiliate marketing concepts can be implemented in conjunction with the CLIPS (Customer Loyalty for Internet Payment System) and MABIPS (Merchant Accounting and Billing System) extension modules, enabling e-Commerce suppliers to sell their products and services not only on their own Web sites, but also on others. With this form of online marketing, suppliers and partners can target a common group and generate more revenue. CLIPS can build a customer database for analyzing consumer behavior and substantially support direct communication with customers, while MABIPS can manage the sometimes highly complex accounting between suppliers and partners.

Poseidon is a registered trademark. It covers a full array of electronic and wireless e-Business solutions: authorization and execution of cashless Point of Sale (POS) and ATM payments, personalization, customer loyalty programs, account crediting and Europe-wide payment with the GeldKarte electronic wallet, and transactions via the Internet and WAP terminals, as well as securing the transactions with dedicated solutions. Poseidon is used by banks and financial service providers, merchants, network operators, Internet service providers and telcos.

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, of which 1800 in Germany, where it generates revenue of EUR 225 million. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

Press contact in France :
Marie-Tatiana Collombert
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Press contact in Germany :
Bettina Lämmle
Phone: +49 (0)7 11/73 77-3 11
Fax: +49 (0)7 11/73 77-5 09
e-mail: Bettina.Laemmle@atosorigin.com

About IBM
With 2000 revenue totaling $88.4 billion, IBM is the world's largest provider of information technology (hardware, software and services) and the global leader in e-Business solutions. The company employs approximately 310,000 people worldwide and operates in more than 160 countries. IBM is currently the only IT provider to offer customers a complete range of innovative products, including hardware, software, services, complex application solutions, project outsourcing and training.
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