“Transport Direct wins Public Sector Project of the Year award”

London, 29th October 2004

Atos Origin supports winner of Computing Awards for Excellence Winner

Atos Origin, a leading IT and business services company, is pleased to announce that Transport Direct won the Public Sector Project of the Year Award at the Computing Awards for Excellence 2004. With the overall technology designed, built and operated by Atos Origin, Transport Direct picked up the award at the presentation ceremony on Wednesday 27th October 2004.

The Transport Direct portal (created by the Department of Transport) was selected as winner from five short-listed entrants by a panel of industry, analyst and media judges. As part of the UK Government's drive to give the public electronic access to 30 key services by 2005, Transport Direct is a comprehensive online portal that provides access to a journey planner for all forms of transport, maps, real time information and facilitated ticket purchasing.

“We are delighted that Transport Direct has been recognised with such an important award,” says Nick Illsley, chief executive – Transport Direct. “It is an extremely complex project involving many parties. Atos Origin has done an exceptional job leading the consortium to deliver and manage the portal, which will significantly improve the transport choices that travellers make.”

“We are thrilled that Transport Direct has won this prestigious award and we at Atos Origin are delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver such an innovative and high profile project,” says Rob Price account director, Transport Direct, Atos Origin. “Pulling together and integrating a vast amount of past, present and future travel information has been a significant challenge but this award demonstrates the success of the whole project. Transport Direct is a world first – there really is nothing else like it.”

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.

The Computing Awards for Excellence reward the highest standards of individual and collective achievement and with over 300 entries each year, they are highly competitive and well-regarded. The Public Sector Project of the Year recognises the best IT project delivered by a public sector organisation and rewards projects that deliver public service improvements or allow greater efficiency or cost-effectiveness. The Transport Direct entry demonstrated the best return on investment, innovation, future growth potential, excellence and successful management with the help of Atos Origin.

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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.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com