“Atos Origin Wins 2007 Sesames Award For Innovative Secure IPTV Payment Solution”

Paris, 16 November 2007

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, has won the 2007 Sesames Award for Best Banking/Finance/Retail Application for its innovative SIPS IPTV solution. The award recognizes Atos Worldline's success in adapting its market-leading Secure Internet Payment Services (SIPS) solution to enable users to make secure bankcard payments via Internet-protocol television (IPTV).

Organized as part of the Cartes digital security and smart cards trade show, the Sesames Awards are unchallenged as a guarantee of innovation and source of new global standards for smart card and identification systems manufacturers. On Monday, November 12, ten innovative solutions received Sesames Awards during the ceremony organized at the Pavillon Gabriel in Paris.

The 2007 Sesames Award for Best Banking/Finance/Retail Application went to Atos Worldline's innovative SIPS IPTV solution, which enables users to make secure bankcard payments via interactive television channels. SIPS IPTV is a version of the market-leading Secure Internet Payment Services (SIPS) solution.

It is designed for:

  • Content providers already offering services via the IPTV channels run by Internet access providers (IAPs). 
  • Major TV networks or retailers that have negotiated with the IAPs for the delivery of interactive services over their IPTV channels.
  • The IAPs themselves, which could offer the payment system to future IPTV services in addition to their own invoicing systems.

With SIPS IPTV, users access a secure, user-friendly interface that lets them make secure card-based payments with their remote control, without having to connect to a website, call an interactive voice server (IVS) or call center, or send a letter or e-mail.

The solution is based on Atos Worldline's proven experience in Internet payment services and e-services. After Internet and mobile-phone based payments, this latest component in the SIPS solution allows merchants using SIPS to participate in an emerging e-commerce channel. Atos Worldline's SIPS IPTV solution can be deployed across Europe.

The Award won during the Cartes 2007 trade show highlights the expertise of Atos Worldline's teams in developing innovative solutions.

The interactive television market has been enjoying fast growth in recent years, driven by the emergence of ADSL-delivered IPTV services. In France, there are 3.8 million IPTV subscribers, up more than 120% over the last 12 months (source: ARCEP). Soon, a wide range of news, information, e-commerce and other interactive services will be available at a touch of the remote control, supported by simple, easy-to-use yet comprehensive payment solutions.

French leader since 1996, Atos Worldline SIPS (Secure Internet Payment Service) solution is a comprehensive on line payment solution. SIPS secures e-commerce as well as mail order and telesales. With over 13,000 equipped e-commerce sites in Europe, SIPS handles more than 10 million of transactions per month. PCI DSS certified by Visa & MasterCard since February 2006, SIPS offers a service with one of the highest levels of security currently available (data protection, SSL, 3D Secure, secured servers, PCI DSS).

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 EUR 5,4 billion and it employs over 50,000 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 high-volume electronic transactions. It specialises in end-to-end payment services including issuing, acquiring and developing payment technology solutions; card processing; CRM and eServices (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode.
The acquisition and integration of Banksys and Bank Card Company in December 2006 into
Atos Worldline has created a European leader in Payment Services, with combined pro forma 2006 revenues of EUR 630 million and 4,000 employees.

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