“Atos Origin supports Fortis Banque France”
Paris – December 9, 2004
Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, has been chosen by Fortis Banque France, a customer since 1988, to put in place and operate its banking distribution areas. These walls of self-service Automated Teller Machines (ATM) allow the bank's customers to withdraw money without having to go to the counter.
Atos Worldline has installed and is already operating some twenty banking distribution areas on behalf of Fortis Banque France. In 2005, all 100 branches of the bank will be equipped with this system. It marks the first step towards the implementation of a complete Self-Service Banking package that will not only offer the possibility of carrying out self-service operations (consulting account balance, statements, transfers, ordering cheque books, etc.), but also provide the bank's customers with personalised services.
After going to a counter that dispenses single-use access cards, customers have free access to these distribution areas for their withdrawals. Authorisation for these withdrawals is given directly by the bank's information system via Atos Worldline ATM/Switch solution, without staff involvement.
The automation of Fortis Banque France's cash management tasks (handling money, physical counts, keeping safes and ATMs supplied, making up the cash, etc.), means that its branch staff are free to concentrate on added value operations and customer advice.
This distribution area system is today's solution for maximum security: money is stored in the cash dispensers, kept safe in a secure area, with access strictly limited to a single financial management provider.
With the management of over 1,000 ATM/ABMs, Atos Worldline manages the vast majority of outsourced ATMs in France. This solid know-how enabled it to advise Fortis Banque France at every step of the project and to guarantee the system's security, especially regarding the interconnection between the bank's information system and Atos Worldline ATM/Switch solution.
About Fortis Banque France
With an NBI of 223.3 million euros* in 2003, 122,000 clients, 84 branches established in major towns and cities and 14 business centres, Fortis Banque France has the second largest presence in France of any foreign bank. In the knowledge that France's greatest economic wealth lies in its small and medium-sized businesses, Fortis Banque positions itself as the bank for entrepreneurs, in both a private and professional capacity. Its 1,500-strong staff assist company executives in managing their professional and private assets, the two being closely linked. Fortis Banque also capitalises on the image of its international private banking arm: MeesPierson Fortis Patrimoine.
* Figures at the end of December 2003"
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).
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