“Atos Worldline awarded SWIFTReady Connectivity Best Practice label”

Paris, 2 October 2012

Global messaging cooperative SWIFT awards Atos Worldline its highest accreditation

Atos Worldline, Atos core expertise in Hi-Tech Transactional Services, has received the coveted SWIFTReady Connectivity Best Practice label from the global messaging cooperative SWIFT. Only SWIFT partners that meet the highest operational standards in availability, security, access control and resiliency are awarded the Best Practice accreditation. Financial institutions and corporations worldwide can rely on the Atos Worldline service that operates at the highest levels of security and resiliency, and offers significant outsourcing business benefits such as a reduction in in-house IT infrastructure costs and capital investment.

A leader and innovator in transaction management, the Atos Worldline SWIFT Service Bureau allows corporations and financial institutions to communicate with their counterparties through one highly secure and standardized global messaging channel. The service covers all the operational SWIFT connectivity needs of corporates and financial institutions including payments, treasury management, FX confirmations, trade finance as well as other messaging flows.

Bert Vanbrabant, Head of Service Bureau eCommunity Services at Atos Worldline, says: " We are particularly proud to be recognized as one of the leading service bureaus in the world. This label underlines our commitment to continued innovation in corporate connectivity and payments, as more corporates move to centralized cloud based services. We are a SWIFT user ourselves and recognize the absolute value of security, reliability and resiliency when outsourcing core financial processes. Our SWIFT service bureau is a cornerstone of our Corporate Payments Suite which integrates our Payment Factory, SWIFT connectivity and SEPA services in one, complete package” .

The SWIFTReady Connectivity Best practice Label is the highest form of certification awarded by SWIFT and helps end-users identify best-in-class providers. To be awarded this label, Atos Worldline demonstrated that they met all the operational requirements by undergoing a rigorous on-site inspection of their SWIFT infrastructure, premises, procedures and documentation by SWIFT auditors.

About Atos Worldline

Atos Worldline brings together Atos core expertise in Hi-Tech Transactional Services with over 35 years of experience and recognized know-how in the payment industry. A leader in end-to-end services for critical electronic transactions, Atos Worldline is specialised in electronic payment services (including issuing, acquiring, terminals, and card and non-card payment solutions & processing), eServices for customers, citizens and communities (eCS) as well as services for financial markets. Atos Worldline is committed to continuous R&D and innovation so its customers can benefit from leading-edge solutions to stay ahead of market evolutions. Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of € 913 million and employs over 5,400 people in the world. For more information, please visit: atosworldline.com

About Atos

Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

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