“Atos Origin wins a new contract with BP for transaction processing services”

Paris, September 20, 2004

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company dedicated to IT-related BPO, has been awarded the contract for the provision of polling and transaction processing services to BP's UK service stations. The contract commenced in March 2004 and marks an extension to the services that the Group has delivered to BP since 1993.

Since 1993, Atos Worldline's business activity in the United Kingdom has been processing BP's cards business, which includes credit, debit, loyalty, fuel and charge cards. Besides technical processing, the IT Group has also been providing manual voucher processing services.

The new contract includes the provision of some new services to BP which have been designed and developed to complement the core processing activity :

  • a web-based application called IPS (Internet Polling Solution) enables BP and its appointed sub-contractors to execute polls and downloads from anywhere where internet access is available
  • Another web-based application, VTP (Virtual Terminal Processing) enables BP sites to submit manual fallback transactions over the Internet rather than submitting paper vouchers to be key entered. This solution improves process efficiency and cash flow.

These new services represent further extensions of Atos Worldline's growing product range.

Robert Mikan, IT Manager Retail at BP, Milton Keynes : ‘Atos Worldline has been managing the complete processing for BP's cards business very successfully for several years. The services are delivered by professional and helpful people and as a key supplier, they are flexible, responsive and clearly understand our business needs and priorities, particularly the need to provide excellent service to our retailers. As a technology partner, they have demonstrated ability to design, build, implement, host and support solutions to BP's requirements'.

‘We are delighted to be extending our relationship with BP. The renewal of this contract provides Atos Worldline with a sound base from which to develop the strategic relationship with BP into a new era. The Atos Worldline business model enables us to provide clients with strong European technologies with great processing capabilities as we move forward to the Europeanization of payment and information flows', states Peter Phillips, Business Unit Director, Atos Worldline UK. ‘In addition, the signature of the contract is a significant milestone for Atos Worldline on the way to becoming the leading international processor.'

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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 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, 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).

Press Contact :
Emilie Moreau
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