“Atos Origin Becomes Promoter Member of the VoiceXML Forum”

Paris - July 29, 2003

Atos Origin, a leading builder and operator of interactive voice service systems, has confirmed and intensified its support for VoiceXML by becoming a Promoter Member of the VoiceXML Forum.

VoiceXML, an offshoot of HTML derived from XML, now represents the benchmark open standard for implementing interactive voice applications. By transposing to voice systems the principles that made the World Wide Web successful, VoiceXML simplifies the design of interactive voice applications and facilitates implementation of advanced speech synthesis and recognition techniques.

More than 20 years' experience in building and operating interactive voice service systems has positioned Atos Origin as a market leader recognized for its expertise in such advanced technologies as speech recognition and synthesis, Voice over IP and interactive voice response (IVR) servers.

Previously a Supporter Member of the VoiceXML Forum, Atos Origin has confirmed and intensified its commitment to the deployment of new open standards by becoming a Promoter Member of the Voice XML Forum. Atos Origin will share with the Forum its experience in building and operating interactive voice service systems ; and will actively support the VoiceXML standard developments with the objective of making its shared voice hosting platform evolve towards VoiceXML.
This move is in line with the Group's assertive strategy of supporting the use and development of market standards such as Java, XML, J2EE, …

Founded by AT&T, IBM, Lucent Technologies and Motorola, the VoiceXML Forum (http://www.voicexml.org) is an industry organization that currently includes nearly 600 members, of which 33 Promoter Members. After releasing version 1.0 of the VoiceXML standard specification in March 2000, it is now preparing version 2.0 and conducting programs to promote the standard and educate industry players, as well as providing implementation conformance testing services.

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, trading as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues of EUR 3 billion and employs 28,000 staff in 30 countries. The Group's client list includes major companies such as ABN AMRO, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, BP, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Shell, UBS Warburg, Unilever, Vivendi Universal, Vodafone and Wolters Kluwer.

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