“Atos Origin completed its unique portal-based IT solution for World Summit on the Information Society”

Paris, Tunis, 28 November 2005

Selection as “IT provider to the IT Summit” confirms leadership in high-profile event management

Atos Origin, the leading IT Services provider today announced the successful completion of its unique portal-based participant management solution for attendees to the World Summit on the Information Society, in Tunis from November 16th to 18th, 2005. The portal gave organizing Committee members and journalists, dynamic access to the information and tools they need to fulfill their roles prior to and during the Summit.

Atos Origin was selected as “IT provider to the IT Summit” by the World Summit on the Information Society Organizing Committee, WSISOC on the strength of its track record in many high-profile events including the Mediterranean Games of 2001, held in Tunis.

“We were looking for a partner with an excellent track record, a very good knowledge of the local market and the creativity to develop an imaginative solution that would ensure this important and complex event runs as smoothly and productively as possible for all participants”, said Habib Ammar, President of WSISOC. “In Atos Origin, we've found the right blend of innovation and experience.”

Over three days, the Summit addressed the major issues facing the information society, including the global harmonization of policies, payments, networks and services, as access to new technologies threatens to deepen the chasm between developed and developing areas of the world.

Atos Origin designed the portal to help participants gain maximum value from the Summit by providing simple, consistent access to information and a wide range of applications. WSISOC members as well as journalists had their own workspace containing the tools they needed. The system also handled physical access management using RFID badges. The portal was directly accessible from PC workstations, or via the Internet, Wi-Fi link, or UMTS.

Work on the project started in May 2005. The solution is based on Microsoft Sharepoint, and Atos Origin set up secure and redundant network architecture with more than 40 servers and 1000 workstations sited in the various Summit venues, the accreditation centre, and various Tunis hotels.

During the Summit, Atos Origin supervised operations from a specially built Control Centre, with a 100-strong team drawn from Atos Origin, WSISOC and volunteers - providing support to ensure that all users enjoy smooth and simple access to the technology.

“This summit is of a huge importance for us and we are very pleased to be involved in this project as IT professional first but also as member of the IT society. Our goal is to deliver complete, seamless solution and services to the organizational committee and to all participants before and during the summit”, said Luigi Giacalone, CEO Atos Origin for Mediterranean & Africa. "In adopting this collaborative portal approach, we're building on the know-how gained by the Major Events unit responsible for delivering complex projects such as the Olympic Games since 1992, and other large conferences such as the 2002 Summit of the Sustainable Growth held in Johannesburg."

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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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