“Atos Origin Completes Delivery of Transport Direct Portal – First Ever Multi-Modal Transport Portal”

London, 3 February 2004

Atos Origin, the largest European listed IT services company following the acquisition of SchlumbergerSema in January 2004, today announced that it has completed delivery of the first major phase of the Transport Direct Portal. This is one of the most comprehensive services of its kind providing travellers with easy-to-access travel information for the entire journey whether it be by train, bus, tube, tram or car.

Transport Direct is one of the 30 key services that the Government plans to offer on line by 2005, as part of its initiative to provide electronic delivery of public services. The Transport Direct portal will centralise journey planning and facilitate ticket purchase across the range of transport service providers and modes of travel. It will enable travellers to easily view their travel options, plan journeys, compare costs, predict journey times and keep up to date with real time travel conditions. The service is expected to be fully operational by spring 2004.

The transport industry will benefit by having access to the rich content of Transport Direct, which they can use to complement their own call centre and web site information. Furthermore, by providing joined-up information, it will also help with transport planning across different modes of transport and ultimately could help reduce congestion, roads maintenance costs, accidents and pollution by encouraging a more rational use of alternative means of transport.

"Leading the consortium, Atos Origin has met the tight time scales and delivered a solution that is flexible and capable of growing with the service," said Nick Illsley, chief executive, Transport Direct. "I truly believe that the influence of Transport Direct will extend beyond the portal itself and act as an agent for change to improve the coverage, quality and accuracy of travel information generally."

Under the three year contract worth £15 million, Atos Origin is responsible for overall project management including the design, build and managed service operation of the portal. Atkins is providing the journey planning software; BBC Technology designed the user front-end; ESRI (UK) is delivering the mapping software and solutions; RTEL is supplying air information solutions and Microsoft is providing the .Net framework.

Massimiliano Claps, analyst at IDC and author of the IDC study 'Transport Direct: the U.K. Department for Transport Centralizes Information for Travellers with SchlumbergerSema and Microsoft', commented, "the UK Department for Transport project is a good example for other public sector agencies of how an innovative management approach, rather unusual by government standards, some would argue, can contribute to the implementation of eGovernment solutions."

"The delivery of the Transport Direct portal takes us one step closer to meeting the challenge of delivering a fully integrated transport system in the UK," said Dominic Arcari of Atos Origin. "This has been a hugely complex IT project integrating diverse applications and sources of data such as Traveline, NRES and road planning web sites, into the single portal. Drawing on our strong understanding of the transport industry, we have worked together with Transport Direct and the consortium members to deliver a world-class travel portal that should make life easier for the UK travelling public."

Further functional enhancements will follow as the system continues to evolve. Plans include the integration of information from additional travel service providers, such as airlines, new methods of journey planning such as search by price rather than speed, and new channels of access, for example, mobile devices.

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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 50,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin's clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, BP, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, National Express, Network Rail, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Telecom Italia, UBS, Unilever, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

About Transport Direct
1. The vision for Transport Direct is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, multi-modal travel information and ticketing service for any journey within the United Kingdom.

2. Transport Direct was announced in Transport 2010 - The 10 Year Plan. Targets for 2003, as set out in the 10-year plan, are :

  • Real-time (that is, actual rather than recorded or timetabled) train operating information
  • Real-time information on many local bus services
  • Multi-modal travel information on the internet, covering road journeys as well as all public transport modes at a single point of contact
  • Booking of long distance multi-modal journeys on the internet
  • Development of internet-based maps, which allow travellers to examine public transport options both for visiting a specific venue and for general travel around an area they are considering visiting

3. Transport Direct will be developed in close co-operation with local authorities, transport operators and technology providers.

For further information, please contact :
Caroline Crouch
Email: caroline.crouch@london.sema.slb.com