“EUROCIS to Upgrade and Manage the Military’s Command Information System in Metropolitan France”

Paris, 10 November 2005

France's Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (DGA) procurement agency for the Department of Defence has awarded EUROCIS an approximate €50-million contract to equip the various branches of the military with a new version of the Command Information System (CIS) and to maintain the individual military information systems throughout France in operating condition for four years. The new “Pôle Stratégique de Paris” (PSP) command centre for planning and conducting joint multinational military operations will be fitted with the renovated CIS system.

Many of the system's software features are identical to those used in the command system that was successfully deployed during the EOLO French and international joint staff training exercise sponsored by the European Union in October 2004.

These features have been upgraded to provide the new version with state-of-the-art technology and capabilities for delivering a full range of basic information system functions. The new version notably offers significant improvement in terms of interoperability.

Developed by EUROCIS on behalf of DGA, CIS is a secure and powerful solution based on digitalised information flows. CIS is crucial in helping France fulfill its framework-nation responsibilities and provides all essential services for preparing operational orders, including information gathering and analysis, data sharing, situation updating, group planning and execution of operations, document retrieval and assistance in managing and monitoring headquarters operations.

EUROCIS is a consortium currently comprised of roughly 100 people. It was founded in 1996 by Atos Origin, EADS Defence & Security Systems and Steria to pool their capabilities and interests in France's joint military command information systems.

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.

EADS Defence & Security Systems, with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000.

About Steria (www.steria.com)
Extensive expertise in its three core businesses of consulting, systems integration and managed services has made Steria a leading end-to-end IT services provider for companies and public authorities throughout Europe. With a revenue of more than €1.1 billion and 9,000 employees, Steria is one of the top 10 European IT services companies. Understanding the challenges facing its customers, an exceptional ability to respond and an industrial approach to business enable Steria to design innovative solutions with a commitment to results and customer satisfaction. Steria thus applies its expertise in a range of markets (the public sector, finance, manufacturing/utilities/transport, and telecoms), backed by more than 35 years' experience in managing large-scale projects. Steria's employees, who hold 26% of the Group's capital, draw on its core values of simplicity, creativity, independence, respect and openness to transform the latest technology into added-value services, enabling Steria to help its customers achieve and maintain competitive advantage.
Steria is listed on Euronext Paris, Eurolist (Compartment B).

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