“Large IT projects : EMV, the new global smartcard standard. Following Successful First Phase, Atos Origin Begins Second Phase of EMV Migration”

Paris, November 14th, 2003

After installing one of the first backup EMV authorization servers in January for Société Générale, Atos Origin is now beginning the second phase of the migration to the EMV standard. With eight months' operating experience and in-depth understanding of specifications for more than 70% of France's major banks, Atos Origin is the partner of choice to support its clients' EMV migration projects.

Atos Origin has been chosen by its banking clients, representing more than 70% of France's major banks, to manage the migration of their authorization servers and make them fully operational for all transactions in 2004. In 2002, Atos Origin managed nearly 80 million card authorization requests.

Anticipating deadlines from France's interbank consortium, which called for an EMV pilot project in March 2003, Société Générale contracted with Atos Origin in mid-2001 to install a backup EMV authorization server, which was successfully brought on stream in January 2003.

Since then, Atos Origin has installed EMV servers for most of its clients. Thanks to its in-depth understanding of their specifications, Atos Origin can leverage its extensive knowledge of the EMV standard to provide clients with results-oriented consulting services.

The EMV Authorization Server integrates new security rules enabling the issuer to manage risk more effectively. These include reciprocal card/issuer authentication, server verification of correct procedures at the transaction site, and the possibility of issuing orders to the card at each request for authorization.

The authorization history also integrates new data needed in case of legal disputes. In addition, new indicators make it possible to monitor the project closely to ensure that the migration is proceeding according to plan.

The first phase of the migration will enable the deployment in France of cards integrating both B0' and EMV technologies, an innovation specific to France, the only country in the world already using smartcards.

The second phase will prepare for the introduction of a new generation of bankcards that will offer heightened transaction security through the integration of both the new EMV standards and the Dynamic Data Authentication (DDA) crypto-processor.

The introduction of the new EMV global smartcard standard is designed to enhance interoperability for transactions and ATM withdrawals around the world in response to major changes in the card payment system. Since 2000, Atos Origin has been upgrading its services to integrate the EMV standard and adapt them to the multi-application software of the future.

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, 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.

On September 22nd, 2003, Atos Origin announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the IT services activities of SchlumbergerSema from Schlumberger. The agreement, which is expected to be completed no later than January 2004, will create one of the leading global IT services companies, with combined annual revenues in excess of Eur 5 billion.

Contact for Press:
Marie-Tatiana Collombert, Tel: +33 (0) 1 49 00 96 33

Anne de Beaumont - Tel 33 (0)1 49 00 96 42