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Infineon boosts security of China's transportation cards

Posted: 14 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security card? China transportation system? secure MCU?

Infineon Technologies claims it is the sole chip supplier for one of China's large contactless MCU transportation card issued by Shenzhen Tong Co. Ltd, a public transportation company.

In the last six months, Shenzhen Tong has issued over 2 million MCU cards in Shenzhen that incorporate Infineon's SLE 66PE security MCU. Over 3 million MCU cards are expected to be issued by year-end.

"Besides providing the citizens of Shenzhen with convenience and better services, we have also decided to utilize the latest contactless MCU technology as our implementation platform to allow multiple and secure applications," said Jia Jun Gang, general manager, Shenzhen Tong. "We are glad to have made the right decision to choose the Infineon SLE 66PE platform, and that the whole system is running smoothly."

According to Infineon, the SLE 66PE family is designed for basic- to high-security card systems, and are said to feature all major proximity interfaces on a single chip: the ISO/IEC 14443 Type B, Type A, ISO/IEC 18092 passive mode and Mifare emulation. It is also compliant to global transportation standards and can operate at baud rates up to 848Kbit/s. Infineon adds that the SLE 66PE contactless controller family achieved the highest possible Common Criteria EAL 5+ high (PP0002) security certification, along with EMVCo certification.

The "Shenzhen Tong" MCU cards are multiapplication cards that can be used as tickets in public transportation and to pay for goods in stores. In the transportation sector, the metro and more than 10,000 buses have been fitted to use "Shenzhen Tong" cards. In the micropayment sector, over 500 supermarkets, shopping malls and convenience stores already use "Shenzhen Tong" cards for payments up to $145 (RMB1,000).

By 2011, Shenzhen Tong plans to deploy the MCU card fully in all of China's metro and public transportation buses, private rental cars and to over 3,000 stores and retailers. The company aims to issues a total of over 8 million MCU cards within the next three years.

Remarked Helmut Gassel, VP and general manager, chip card and security ICs at Infineon, "Compared to memory-based smart cards, cards that integrate security MCUs improve the level of security and are indispensable when it comes to multi-applications. The Shenzhen Tong project has the potential to further initiate similar contactless transportation smart cards throughout China, hopefully achieving inter-operability between the cities."

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