“Atos Origin brings ePayment into the IP era and prepares the launch of the first pilot scheme”

Paris, April 5th 2005

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, is investing in its ePayment infrastructure and progressively migrating its entire authorisation and remote collection platforms to work on IP (Internet Protocol). The group is announcing the launch of the first pilot scheme at the end of the first quarter of 2005.

A strategic issue for companies in the ePayment sector, the migration of networks to IP technologies offers new prospects for acquirers and merchants, such as:

  • faster authorisation (less than 7 seconds),
  • sending and returning large amounts of information,
  • standard invoices,
  • new services at points of sale, such as full integration of the ePayment system with the intranet network (for large merchants).

Atos Worldline contributes to the migration and end-to-end security of ePayment infrastructures in the switch to IP. The group attended the Cartes 2004 Forum, where it demonstrated a model for bank card flow 5.2 transfers on an IP network. It has worked in the framework of the security requests of ‘Groupement des Cartes Bancaires' for the implementation of its pilot scheme, which will be launched at the end of the first quarter 2005, in collaboration with a major French bank.

Atos Worldline has also carried out other IP implementations for large ePayment accounts and major issuers concerning automatic and long-distance sales applications.

Security, the major issue
Security is one of the key aspects in migration to the IP network. Atos Worldline especially works on redundancy in order to guarantee the same level of infrastructure service. Data integrity is also guaranteed. Network and TPE security is based on electronic certificates and SSL.

An IP home page is now available for the group's platforms, in addition to traditional forms of access in X 25 mode. They offer acquirers and large merchants end-to-end IP purchasing solutions for both autonomous and integrated ePayment. In addition, purchasing authorisation systems are connected to the RSB network in IP mode. On 29 November 2004, Atos Worldline received permission from RSB to use its purchasing authorisation servers, as well as its authorisation servers.

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 - Atos Worldline is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specialising in electronic payment services, GRC 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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