“Atos Origin incorporates Telisma’s carrier-grade speech technologies”

Paris, October 29, 2002

A new trend is emerging: confronted with increasing demand for test projects in speech technology and seeking to integrate speech recognition into their services, telecommunications firms and equipment manufacturers are relying more and more heavily on teams that design and develop such services. Atos Origin now offers solutions that incorporate technologies developed by Telisma.

Atos Origin, one of the top IT services providers in Europe, and Telisma, a European leader in speech technologies for telecommunications, announce that they have signed a commercial and technical agreement to target businesses and telecommunications firms.

This resale licence agreement involves Telisma's key technologies: its Voice Distributed Framework, the backbone of multiclient/multiserver real-time communications technology; Philsoft, a carrier-grade speech recognition engine; and the VoiceXML Prototyping kit, designed to assist customers in testing new services.

This agreement is a tangible sign of Atos Origin's desire to enhance and diversify its operations in the area of speech technology integration. According to René Hubert, director of the company's Services and Networks department, "Speech recognition accounts for a growing share of our business. Our mission at Atos Origin is to enhance the value of our customers' business. Speech technology services are a very attractive, effective means of providing our customers with projects that use innovative technology to create significant value-added."

Telisma's Marketing Director, Jean-Jacques Devaux, also emphasizes this dynamic. "Telecommunications firms and major corporations are looking for speech-based applications that are easy to access and simple to use, and Telisma's technological offerings answer this need perfectly. With extensive expertise in its field, Atos Origin is positioning itself as a specialist in voice-activated applications. In addition to running Telisma software on its proprietary platforms, Atos Origin can now integrate our speech technologies into the major platforms on the market. With its proven expertise in speech technology, Atos Origin is also a key partner to several major telecommunications firms in Europe and will allow us to accelerate the development of speech-based services for a wider audience."

In the face of increasingly demanding requirements among telecommunications providers and businesses, Atos Origin has selected Telisma for the native density of its technology and its excellent recognition rates, particularly in environments with considerable background noise. "We especially admire the quick response times to oral commands, which enhance convenience for users. With its distributed, modular architecture, the technology can be easily adapted to growing needs while always providing the level of availability needed for services," says Jean-Alain Petit, manager of the speech unit in Atos Origin's Integration division. A version of the MRCP standard should become available in the near future.

This agreement between Atos Origin and Telisma is the culmination of a longstanding partnership-teams from each company have been working together for a number of years. Team members from both companies have become well acquainted and have shared their expertise so as to provide customers with the highest quality service. At the international level, the two companies are developing strategies for conquering the same target markets: Italy, Spain and South America, as well as Northern Europe.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services provider. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations, including outsourcing and on-line services. In August 2002, Atos Origin acquired KPMG Consulting in the UK and The Netherlands, which now trade as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues in excess of EUR 3.5 billion and employs 30,000 staff in 30 countries. The Group's client list includes major companies such as ABN-Amro, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, British Petroleum, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Shell, UBS-Warburg, Unilever, Vivendi Universal, Vodafone and Wolters Kluwer.

About Telisma
Created in August 2000, Telisma (www.telisma.com) designs, develops and sells speech recognition software products for use in telecommunications and enterprise applications. Telisma has developed innovative speech recognition technologies. The Telisma products and consulting operations enable telecommunications operators, service providers and enterprises to easily create and deploy large-scale speech-enabled services. Philsoft® v3, Telisma's "full software" ASR engine is characterized by its unequalled level of robustness on the market, notably in mobile telephony and noisy environments. Developed and marketed by Telisma, this engine is the product of over 15 years of research and implementation at France Telecom R&D and provides the best recognition rates on the market. Telisma is a private limited company backed by major European investors: 3i, Innovacom, AGF Private Equity and Ventech. For more information about Telisma please visit www.telisma.com.

Atos Origin Press Contacts:
Anne de Beaumont
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Email: anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

Telisma Press Contact :
Agnès Roumiguière