“Roll-Out of AVANTIX™ Mobile Completed in Less than Eight Months Across Five Train Operating Companies”

London, 23 October 2006

The Atos Origin ‘next generation’ mobile ticketing solution, AVANTIX Mobile, provides quick and easy ticketing on the move

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that AVANTIX Mobile has been implemented across Northern; London and South Eastern Railways; First TransPennine Express; Southern and Arriva Trains Wales. The delivery of over 1,000 devices at more than 50 locations was completed less than eight months after the initial contract was awarded. The machines are now in revenue-earning service with all the participating train operators. This initial project is now being followed by the rollout of a further 560 units for three more train operators.

AVANTIX Mobile, the Atos Origin ‘next generation' mobile ticketing solution, is the number one mobile ticketing solution for the UK rail industry, with over 90% of the market share. It provides quick and easy ticketing on the move for tickets from anywhere to anywhere, as well as providing train staff with fast, easy access to up-to-date fare and timetable information.

“Thanks to the strong co-operation and collaboration between ATOC, Atos Origin and the five train operating companies, the development to implementation has gone well,” said Don Jary, Project Manager at Northern (currently the operator of the largest number of new machines). “Atos Origin has demonstrated a good understanding of rail ticket retailing, the ability to effectively integrate established and emerging technology, as well as demonstrating flexibility and strong project management expertise to deliver five separate contracts simultaneously to the same deadline.”

To ensure that customers get long-term benefit from their investment, Atos Origin has a committed development programme for AVANTIX Mobile. Recent enhancements have included the incorporation of a faster, more robust PDA (handheld computer); a Bluetooth-enabled PIN pad to handle Chip & PIN transactions and built-in printer for credit card receipts and travel itinerary information.

“AVANTIX Mobile is now well established as the leading mobile ticketing solution in the rail industry, assisting train and station staff to perform their duties more effectively helping to provide improved service to their customers,” said Lee Hewett at Atos Origin. “Looking ahead we see mobile solutions playing an ever-increasing role in further improving the efficiency of the transportation workforce.”

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, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.co