“Atos Origin Signs 5 Year Master Agreement with Network Rail”
London, 2 August 2005
To Deliver Estimated £500K Annual Savings and a Service Improvement Programme Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that it has signed a master agreement to provide IT services to Network Rail, the organisation responsible for the UK's railway network. Under the agreement, worth £48 million over five years, Atos Origin will continue to operate the train management and planning systems that are used to compile the UK rail timetables and monitor the location of all trains at all times across the rail network.
Over the course of the contract Atos Origin will help Network Rail to improve services to the train operating companies, while also achieving an estimated £500,000 annual savings, through delivery of a service improvement programme for the train management and planning systems. This includes a review of the systems to ensure they are aligned to business goals; a connectivity technical refresh and the implementation of new web-enabled interfaces, so that the systems are more user- friendly.
The agreement is an addition to the existing contract between Atos Origin and Network Rail, under which, Atos Origin, as the Information Technology Partner, is supporting Network Rail to develop its Information Management function in line with its business plan.
Under the master agreement, Atos Origin will manage and operate the payroll and financial systems for the newly transferred maintenance staff. It will also manage and operate the complete Midrange server estate and provide technical services including the provision of intrusion detection, vulnerability scanning services and disaster recovery services.
"Providing the right IT services to support the UK's rail network is critical to improving train performance and Atos Origin can help Network Rail meet its targets," Said Simon Garner, Vice President, Transport, Atos Origin. "Being asked to extend your services for a further five years is the strongest endorsement you can get from a customer to prove your services deliver - and that's exactly what Network Rail has done with Atos Origin."
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology 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 over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns and maintains the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations of Britain's railway network. The company provide access to the tracks and stations for all passenger and freight trains, timetable their movements and operate the signalling as they move on the network. Network Rail, a not-for-dividend company limited by guarantee, has no shareholders but runs along commercial lines. Any profits will be re-invested in the rail network. For more information visit www.networkrail.co.uk
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