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DataCash, the UK’s leading payment services provider, today announced it has been appointed by SchlumbergerSema, the Information Technology business segment of Schlumberger Limited, to supply its outsourced solutions for the Cabinet Office’s Government Gateway.


SchlumbergerSema provides systems integration and managed services for the Government Gateway and, in order to procure those services, has contracted DataCash to provide its card and direct debit payment services.


The Government Gateway is a secure, resilient hub that provides a single point of contact for citizens to access UK Government information via the Internet. The Gateway links to individual departments, local authorities and trusted portals. It is an important part of the government's strategy of delivering 'joined up' government, enabling people to communicate and make transactions with government from a single point of entry.


A number of government organisations are already available online through the Gateway including DEFRA, DWP, DARDNI, DTI, HM Customs and Excise, Inland Revenue, and LRNI


One of the key business drivers in the latest release of the Government Gateway was the need to support all combinations of payment from citizens to government, business to government and intra government.


DataCash has been selected to provide the secure, outsourced, payments technology that supports the Gateway’s ability to take and process payments made by credit and debit card as well as direct debit and direct credit.


Derek Ward, managing director for public sector at SchlumbergerSema, said, “The DataCash solution meets the needs of the Cabinet Office providing a secure, reliable and easy to use online payment mechanism. SchlumbergerSema has worked closely with DataCash to integrate the solution seamlessly into the existing infrastructure and deliver this new functionality to the Government Gateway on time and to budget.”


Gavin Breeze, Business Development Director, DataCash said, “We are delighted to have been selected to provide the outsourced payment solutions behind the Gateway. We deliver a robust, scalable, highly secure service capable of processing what we anticipate will be a rapidly expanding volume of payment transactions. DEFRA was the first department to go live with our system and we look forward to working closely with both SchlumbergerSema and the Cabinet Office as we roll out the solution to government departments and local authorities.”


For Further information Contact:

Gavin Breeze, Business Development Director

T. 0870 72 74 76 1

E. gavin@datacash.com


For further press information, contact:


Glen Goldsmith

2thefore

01483 811234


About DataCash

DataCash is the only quoted payment solution provider in Europe and provides outsourced solutions for the authorisation, settlement and fraud management of credit and debit cards as well as direct debits, direct credits and cheques. All transactions are accessible to merchants through a real-time MIS Reporting Suite.

DataCash's fraud management solutions support industry initiatives such as AVS/CV2 and 3-D Secure's Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode as well as traditional, rules-based, fraud screening.

DataCash's solutions are suitable for merchants selling through any channel including High Street Point of Sale, the Web, Interactive TV, Kiosk, Call Centre and Interactive Voice Response ('IVR')


About Government Gateway

The Government Gateway allows government organisations and electronic business users and citizens to communicate with each other using a common, consistent mechanism. The Gateway infrastructure also enables government departments and organisations to communicate between themselves - so a central government department, for example, could use the Gateway to securely route transactions to a local authority


The Gateway facilitates joined-up working between all stakeholders and acts as an intelligent hub; providing authentication services, verifying the integrity and validity of submitted transactions from citizens and businesses and routing them to and from appropriate government departments and organisations.


The potential user community consists of tens of millions of citizens, agents and businesses. The number of national, regional and local government organisations is estimated to be in excess of 1,000.



For more information, visit http://www.gateway.gov.uk





About Schlumberger

Schlumberger is a global oilfield and information services company with major activity in the energy industry. The company employs 78,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in 100 countries and comprises three primary business segments. Schlumberger Oilfield Services is the world's premier oilfield services company supplying a wide range of technology services and solutions to the international oil and gas industry. WesternGeco, jointly owned with Baker Hughes, is the world's largest and most advanced surface seismic company. SchlumbergerSema is a leading supplier of IT consulting, systems integration, and network and infrastructure services to the energy industry,as well as to the public sector, telecommunications and finance markets. In 2002, Schlumberger operating revenue was $13.2 billion. For more information, visit www.slb.com


Atos Origin announced in September last year that it has signed an agreement to acquire the core IT services activities of SchlumbergerSema from Schlumberger. The agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed no later than January 2004. For more information, www.atosorigin.com


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