“Atos Origin processes cash payments in the first EMV-certified cash dispensers in Germany”

Frankfurt/Main, 5 December 2005

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, is processing EMV chip-based transactions with Visa cards in Deutsche Postbank cash dispensers, the German post office bank. In the near future, all of Deutsche Postbank AG's 2,000 cash dispensers in Germany will be converted to the progressive and extremely secure EMV standard, operated via Atos Worldline's central acquiring systems.

With this step, Atos Worldline – which as Germany's foremost processing player has been supporting the distribution and processing of EMV Visa cards since as early as 2002 (the processing of EMV MasterCards followed in 2003) – is once again underscoring its innovative leading role in card-supported payment traffic. Just a few weeks ago, also by means of the acquiring systems developed by Atos Worldline, the first V PAY transaction in Germany – likewise based on EMV – was successfully completed.

Experience in the provision of ATM services for the Post Office Bank
The company has been carrying out ATM cash payments for Visa cardholders on behalf of Deutsche Postbank since as early as 1993 and obtains the requisite debit authorisations from Visa Europe and Visa International for the bank. In addition, the company processes transaction dates, collects refund amounts and in this connection handles any complaints and related payments.

Processing of cash payment transactions on behalf of almost 150 financial institutions
In total, Atos Worldline, as the leading service provider in Germany, possesses over more than 14 years' experience in handling ATM and manual cash payments for Visa cardholders. In addition, Atos Worldline executes withdrawals made using MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro cards and is responsible for processing operations for leading financial institutions in Germany.

Furthermore, through intelligent online networking with another of the firm's processing centres in France, Atos Worldline handles Visa transactions from six African states. Synergies in this area are a far from minor reason for the above-average growth, which has been sustained for some years, of both Atos Worldline and its partner banks.

Kai Schlüter, Self-Service Banking division manager, Deutsche Postbank: “With the introduction of EMV into our cash dispensers, we are providing our customers with added value, as we are able to offer a state-of-the-art service in terms of the safety of bank transactions. In addition, we are delighted that the first national EMV-certified cash dispenser is a post office bank machine.”

“We are delighted by Deutsche Postbank AG's decision to implement new technologies together with us for the benefit of our customers”, states Erik Munk Koefoed, Managing director of Atos Worldline in Germany. “The global EMV standard for smart cards is a basic building block for new service offerings and products that go beyond national borders. Atos Worldline is in an excellent position thanks to the intelligent networking of our European development and processing entities. This enables the company to offer its customers faster and more flexible added value, in turn allowing it to continue to experience above-market growth in the future. Europe is our home turf – we are going to exploit this home advantage!”

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.

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specialising in electronic payment services, CRM and e-services (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. Atos Worldline has 2500 employees in Europe and has an annual turnover of €400 million.

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