“Atos Origin increases its capacity for processing European electronic invoices”

Paris, 22 May 2006

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, has enhanced its electronic signature platform with Utimaco Safeware AG's secure signature solution. This enables Atos Worldline's e-invoicing platform to securely process the German invoices of its international clients and to offer them a highly secure signature solution that complies with German tax regulations. Atos Worldline thus increases its capacity for processing European electronic invoices.

In regard to electronic signature and legal archiving, each member of the European Union included into its local legislation the European Directive regulation on electronic invoicing.

In order to simplify the B2B electronic transactions for its European clients, Atos Worldline offers its electronic signature and legal archiving solution – Worldline Invoice – which runs on a unique collaborative web platform across all the European countries. Atos Worldline's clients have a single provider that is able to deploy an electronic signature system in Europe with the level of security required by the different local tax authorities.

With a data handling capacity of more than one million invoices per month, Worldline Invoice is the leading European platform operating 24/7. It is compliant with the regulations of 11 European countries and is currently being rolled out in another 8 countries, complete with an interface tailored to each country's language and laws.

Atos Worldline has chosen Utimaco's secure signature solution based on SignatureServer SmartCard - approved by the Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency) to fully answer its international clients' e-invoicing needs in Germany and on a later stage, in some eastern European countries requiring the same level of security.

Enhanced by Utimaco's know-how in providing security and electronic signature systems, Worldline Invoice solution now meets the security level required by the German tax authorities thereby increasing Atos Worldline's capacity to process European electronic invoices and offer today to its clients a highly secure electronic tax invoicing solution entirely compliant with the regulations in force in the European Union.

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 5,5 billion and it employs over 47,000 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.

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, 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 2600 employees in Europe and has an annual turnover of €400 million.

About Utimaco Safeware AG, The Data Security Company - Utimaco is a world leading producer of professional solutions that secure data within companies and government agencies. The solutions, which have won multiple awards, protect data against unauthorized access and manipulation no matter where it's stored on mobile personal devices, PCs or in networks. SafeGuard Easy, with nearly three million installations, is the best selling worldwide solution for protecting data on notebooks and PCs. Utimaco is also a leader in electronic transaction protections. In Germany, for example, Utimaco solutions secure over 90 percent of all card-based payment systems. Utimaco offers its customers comprehensive on site support via a worldwide network of partners and subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Japan. Utimaco Safeware AG, with headquarters in Oberursel, near Frankfurt, Germany, is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. For more information about Utimaco and SignatureServer SmartCard, log on to www.utimaco.com.

Press contact:
Emilie Moreau
Tel : +33 1 55 91 24 74
Email : emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com