“Atos Origin strengthens its investment in electronic payment”

Paris, October 18th, 2004

Its SIPS solution handles 2.5 million transactions per month

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, has substantially developed its SIPS flagship online payment solution and can now offer its clients constantly improving levels of security. One of the very first solutions of this kind, launched on the market in 1996, SIPS is now used by about 60% of French merchant sites and is growing at an annual rate of 80%. By July 2004, SIPS was securing as many as 2.5 million transactions a month.

Since this summer, the SIPS (Secure Interactive Processing Services) solution is in the process of obtaining AIS/SDP certification from Visa and MasterCard. This certification increases security of internet transactions by imposing additional security constraints to protect bank card numbers during e-transactions.

In addition to the improvements required to obtain this certification, Atos Worldline has greatly developed the key architecture of its SIPS solution: the redundant and charge-sharing systems have been improved and security has been geared up. These additional systems now ensure greater capacity for processing higher volumes of transactions as well as higher quality service.

In order to increase the service portfolio that SIPS provides Atos Worldline clients, the group has also invested in Research & Development:

  • SIPS Mobile, a mobile payment solution, accompanying the growth of mobile telephone services
  • SIPS is now interconnected to European banks. This is ideal for English merchant sites that want to sell on the French market but be paid in an English bank, for instance
  • SIPS also provides scoring tools to enable improved fraud detection

Lastly, in order to increase bank independence, SIPS now provides extranets that allow bankers to directly manage their traders through a web interface.

About SIPS
Atos Origin is the French leader in online payment services. Over 4,000 sites use its SIPS solution (Secure Interactive Processing Services) and generate around 2.5 million transactions a month.

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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
+33 (0)1 55 91 24 74
emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com