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Contactless MCU chip to power Germany's ticketing system

Posted: 21 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ticketing e-transport? Germany ticket? MCU contactless?

Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (VDV)-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG has selected NXP Semiconductors' secure contactless microcontroller chipSmartMXto power future electronic transport ticketing schemes in Germany.

Alongside card and inlay-manufacturer Cardag, NXP will provide SmartMX ICs for around eight million contactless cards to be issued throughout Germany by 2012. The aim of the scheme is to provide a single ticketing solution that will be used across all nationwide transport networks.

The SmartMX-powered electronic ticketing platform will now be deployed by transport companies throughout the country.

Considering interoperability
NXP's contactless microcontroller technology will be integrated in smart cards created and personalized by Cardag, and is fully compliant with the VDV-Kernapplikation (Core Application), the national data and interface standard defined for contactless ticketing and automatic fare collection in Germany. The development of the standard was driven by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. This is to ensure that standardized electronic tickets in a range of formats (e.g. smart cards, bank cards and mobile devices) would be fully interoperable for use within public transport schemes throughout the country and internationally.

"Our vision is to provide passengers with a convenient and secure electronic ticket that can be used on any public transport scheme across Germany," said Jozef (Sjef) A. L. Janssen, general manager VDV-Kernapplikations. "Having initially defined the core VDV-Kernapplikation standard, we needed to find a technology solution that would unify and enhance operations in each of the schemes, while delivering the best possible travel experience. The SmartMX-based platform from Cardag and NXP provides for this tender the optimal solution, proven in deployments worldwide and offers enhanced security and interoperability with contactless interface standards."

NXP's SmartMX chips comply with the strict security standards demanded by VDV, including public key cryptography based on the RSA algorithm. The chips comprise a number of unique security features such as the recently introduced Secure Fetch technology, which guards against light and lasers attack scenarios and a dedicated hardware firewall to protect specific sections of the chip.

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