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Atos Origin chosen by Carte Bleue to run its prepaid gift card platform


Paris, 20 December 2005 -Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, has been selected by Carte Bleue to implement the technical management and operating platform for its new prepaid gift card offer. The management solution set up by Atos Worldline for prepaid accounts enables the banking player to provide a targeted response to the needs of its client banks by offering them an innovative and complete turnkey service offer with great competitive advantages.

The gift card concept has already demonstrated its worth, particularly in the United States, and Carte Bleue has shown it to be a product that generates added value for banks that issue these cards as well as being a relationship and loyalty tool. The advantage for end users is a gift that stands out from gift vouchers, as it can be personalised and has symbolic and aesthetic qualities (customisable look, etc).

Carte Bleue chose Atos Worldline to design and implement the technical platform for its new prepaid gift card offer. The platform it has designed fully covers all gift card functions: full management of the card’s life cycle, national or international payments and withdrawals, virtual wallets, multi-channel cardholder self-care (on-line services, SMS, interactive voice server and call centre), customer care, billing and reporting.

The Atos Worldline platform was implemented in less than 6 months and is designed for any kind of prepaid card: strip, chip, divisible or not, rechargeable or not, accepted both internationally and nationally or on an open or closed network.

The Atos Worldline platform has helped Carte Bleue with the project to develop its gift card offer, particularly by making it accepted on the entire Visa network (international, internet, etc) with the possibility of making withdrawals and recharging. Atos Worldline will also assist the banking player in creating other versions of the product (young person’s card, cash transfer card, travel card, sponsorship card, etc).

"For the commercial launch of a product offered to such a wide target market, we needed the help of a partner we could trust, with solid experience in e-banking,” said Frédéric Toumelin, Marketing and Development Manager at Carte Bleue. “This project was set up as part of the Carte Bleue Visa range and will revolutionise the gift market in France. Atos Origin has worked with us efficiently and met the very tight launch deadline we set so as not to miss out on the Christmas holiday period.”

“Atos Worldline, already operator of international and national Visa payment for authorisation and clearance systems thus extends its partnership with Carte Bleue. The prepaid gift card technical platform it has set up will help Carte Bleue implement and deploy this new offer”, said Pascal Dehaussy, Banking, Finance and Insurance Manager at Atos Worldline.

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.

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 2,500 employees in Europe and has an annual turnover of €400 million.


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