“AtosEuronext releases Pilot Electronic Payment Solution for CB 5.2 EMV standard”

Paris, November 18, 2003

In line with the migration of payment terminals to the new EMV standard in Europe, AtosEuronext Payment Solutions has obtained approval to deploy its CB 5.2 EMV pilot of Worldline Pay Point of Sale - SoftPOS, its integrated payment solution, and of the VeriFone PINpad SC 5000, which AtosEuronext has upgraded to the CB 5.2 EMV standard.

In compliance with the schedule imposed by GIE Cartes Bancaires and Visa EU, AtosEuronext is continuing to make progress in migrating its merchant clients to the CB 5.2 EMV standard. As part of its partnership with VeriFone, AtosEuronext has just completed its new version of SoftPOS CB 5.2, which can now be piloted at client companies.
" We are proposing an optimal solution to clients in order to ensure operational continuity at points of sales during the migration to EMV (…) By proposing the first complete CB 5.2 solution, AtosEuronext is taking the position as European leader in electronic payment solutions in the retail sector," says Jean-Marc Honoré, Deputy CEO for Payment Solutions at AtosEuronext.

The SoftPOS CB 5.2 software solution provides all major payment-related functions: debit, credit, and cancel/reversal for all types of bank cards. The solution is using the SC 5000 PINpad from VeriFone, which reduces transaction time through its 32-bit micro controller with a fast, high-performance cryptography processor.

Optimal security in the SoftPOS solution is guaranteed by Level 1 and 2 EMVCo certification, Visa PED certification, AES, 3-DES and RSA encryption, and SDA, DDA and ciphered PIN authentication.

The migration to EMV makes it possible for merchants and banks to have protection against fraud and to take advantage of a continuously evolving platform. In addition, cardholders will be better protected in France and abroad. The CB 5.2 solution offers the same safety levels as the EMV standard, and makes it possible to read the chip instead of the magnetic stripe on international cards. It also offers new services such as processing of customer loyalty data, electronic purses, and e-tickets.

Other development in progress…
SoftPOS 5.2 will soon offer other functions. In compliance with the French MPE (Electronic Payment Manual) specifications, the solution will be extended to interactive self-service terminals that provide merchants with payment functionality based on MPA V5.2 (Payment Manual for Automates).

With its highly modular SoftPOS CB5.2 architecture, AtosEuronext also plans to adapt its client module to payment terminals offering TCP/IP connections. Thus, SoftPOS can be used by clients who do not want or are unable to use an integrated payment system.

Now with its adherence to EMV, SoftPOS has become truly international, allowing major retail chains to use the same payment system in parallel in multiple countries, with cross-border transactions and a high level of software module reuse.

In addition, AtosEuronext is already marketing AnimCo, a real-time customer loyalty solution used by retail companies in France and across Europe.

About AtosEuronext
AtosEuronext is a joint venture, established in 2000 between Euronext, the leading pan-European exchange, and Atos Origin, a leading European IT Services company. The pooling of each of the founder's strengths created the leading European player in IT services for the Financial Services community, with 1,200 employees in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris, entirely dedicated to serving banks, exchanges and insurance companies around the world.

More information about the Worldline Pay solutions at www.worldlinepay.atosorigin.com

About VeriFone, Inc
VeriFone, Inc., (http://www.verifone.com) recognized worldwide as the trusted leader in secure electronic payment technologies, provides expertise, solutions and services for today with a smart migration strategy for tomorrow. VeriFone is leading the industry in the delivery of solutions that add value to the point of sale, resulting in improved merchant retention and the generation of new sources of revenue for its partners and customers. VeriFone solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of vertical markets including financial, retail, petroleum, government and healthcare. VeriFone has shipped over eleven million electronic payment systems.

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