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Sochi transport taps NXP's MIFARE solution

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share


The MIFARE Plus contactless microcontroller continues to attract new users, with the Russian city of Sochi the latest to decide to use the contactless smart card or proximity card technology to power its ground transportation network's automated fare collection (AFC) system.

NXP Semiconductors N.V., which owns the technology, said Sochi will be the first city in Russia or the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to use the MIFARE system. Sochi is preparing a secure automated fare collection system for its transportation network for the 2014 Winter Olympics. It plans to use a MIFARE Plus-based system to serve its 500,000 residents and some one million tourists each year. Around 400,000 tourists are expected to flock to the city for the Olympics in February 2014, so city officials are hoping that the MIFARE Plus system will help prevent traffic gridlocks.

Sochi is already pilot testing the MIFARE Plus-based project, for which NXP partnered with solution provider and equipment manufacturer Strikh-M, inlay manufacturer SMARTRAC and card manufacturer Novacard,.

MIFARE Plus has security features designed for public transport ticket schemes, road toll systems, loyalty cards, and closed loop micro payment systems. Data is protected by 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The contactless microcontroller has also received Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification from the German Federal Office for Information Security and has undergone security and privacy assessment by the Universities of Bochum and Leuven. System integrators and operators can upgrade to Plus from previous installations of MIFARE.

Henri Ardevol, general manager of secure transactions at NXP Semiconductors., said the company is seeing growing demand for contactless technology in Russia and the other CIS states. "Major operators such as the Moscow Metro already use our technology, and the MIFARE portfolio of products provides system integrators with the flexibility to create an AFC system based on the individual needs of the customer, while offering a clear upgrade path to help increase levels of security when required," he said.

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