“Atos Origin Enables Real-Time Communication”

Stuttgart, 19 December 2005

ACTIS AS2 Connector integrates all business partners in business processes at low costs

Atos Origin, a leading international IT services provider, supports companies in optimising internal and cross-company business processes through the technical integration of data, systems and applications using the ACTIS Integration Suite. The Atos Origin solution ‘ACTIS AS2 Connector' implements the EDIINT Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) protocol allowing companies to exchange business messages securely in any format according to this protocol formatting and transfer guidelines, thus fulfilling business partners' AS2 requirements.

The EDIINT AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) international communications standard developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifies the method for secure, reliable and inexpensive data transfer over the internet, along with data validation and delivery confirmation without the use of third party networks. The data are usually Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messages. AS2 generates “envelopes” for these messages, allowing them to be sent securely over the internet. Security is ensured through digital signatures and encryption. The delivery of each message sent is confirmed. The EDIINT AS2 protocol can be integrated seamlessly into the existing EDI infrastructure.

Through the implementation of this standard, Atos Origin solution ACTIS AS2 Connector allows companies to exchange business messages securely through digital certificates and encryption, to clearly identify the sender and ensure data integrity. Messages and processing steps are monitored and logged in the ACTIS Integration Manager.

“This allows companies to benefit from significant cost-saving opportunities, as messages can be sent directly over the internet instead of via value-added networks. Volume-related costs no longer apply,” says Frank Schmidt, Vice President Solutions at Atos Origin, of the advantages.

ACTIS integration solutions unite methods, technologies and products for the development, implementation and application of premium-quality B2B integration solutions. Over 1,500 customer solutions have already been implemented globally using ACTIS products, particularly in the automobile sector. ACTIS advises leading OEMs such as BMW, General Motors, Toyota and Porsche, as well as over 50% of Europe's top 30 first tier suppliers, thus proving its position as market leader in the European automobile sector.

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.

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