“Atos Origin processes the first mini Visa credit card on the German market”
Frankfurt/Main / Paris, November 9th, 2004
DaimlerChrysler Bank project completed in only three months
Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, has been processing the first mini-format Visa credit card in Germany since October 25th, 2004. The "mini smart card Visa" project was completed as twin cards (mini and normal Visa card) in only three months in conjunction with the issuers, DaimlerChrysler Bank and smart, and supported by Atos Worldline at all stages of the project. The new card, which is to be issued to smart drivers, is now being introduced onto the market.
SEMPRIS card management system processes additional services
In addition to card payments, Atos Worldline processes all the additional functions associated with the product, such as the RoadMiles bonus programme. The SEMPRIS flexible card management system developed by Atos Worldline is used for this purpose. All payment and additional data is stored hierarchically on a high-availability database via SEMPRIS and pre-processed for optimal data exchange. In this way, all the additional functionalities required by customers can be carried out via freely selectable modules and new types of card projects can be developed in the short term.
"Mini card holder service hotline" for a comprehensive service
With the Atos Wordline "Mini card holder service hotline", all "smart card Visa" card holders have a 24-hour service hotline available 7 days a week. This enables card holders to make queries on their monthly card statements or on credit card banking.
Anton Lill, Director of the Consumer Banking and Marketing at DaimlerChrysler Bank AG explains: "In August of this year, we wanted to be one of the first providers to market a miniaturised credit card onto the German market. This mini smart card Visa matches the smart car brand for our lifestyle-oriented consumers. Atos Wordline supported us as an expert partner throughout all the stages of the project. In this way, our idea became reality in only three months."
Erik Munk Koefoed, Managing Director at Atos Worldline adds: "We know that customer business processes for card issuing banks now need to be simpler and more cost-effective. With "SEMPRIS", our user-friendly, modular, open-ended card management system, we were able to realise the idea of the "mini smart card Visa" quickly and cost-effectively for DaimlerChrysler Bank.”
About the mini-card
Only 6.5 by 4 centimetres in size, it is only half the size of a conventional credit card. It can easily be attached to a key-ring and saves wallet space. The mini-format card can be used for all types of cashless payments worldwide at all cash desks provided with swipe terminals. For payments on other cash desk systems and ATM withdrawals, the mini smart card Visa is supplied with a normal-sized Visa card. In order to make the twin cards attractive, additional services such as RoadMiles and the plus-service package are offered.
With RoadMiles, the card holder automatically collects one road mile per euro paid on transactions and three road miles per euro paid on petrol transactions. These bonus points can be converted into gifts or Miles&More bonus miles for the Lufthansa frequent flyer programme.
About plus service package
For an additional annual fee of ten euro, card holders obtain a refund from DaimlerChrysler Bank on all travels booked with partner travel agents. In addition, if they lose their card, card holders can use a lost / stolen service and a ticket service for booking tickets to events.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank,Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.
Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
Atos Worldline is an Atos Origin company: a leading European provider in IT-related Business Process Outsourcing, dedicated to services and solutions covering the whole process of payment and information flows. With 2,500 staff in France, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, Atos Worldline generated an annual revenue of around €400 millions in 2003, through 3 core activities: Payment and Card Processing services - CRM services - and Multi Channel Contact (Internet and Voice services). www.atosworldline.com
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