Moscow Selects NXP’s MIFARE Plus for Urban Transportation Ticketing System

Russian capital integrates metro, urban railway, tram and bus ticketing on one MIFARE-based solution, with suburban trains, parking, road tolling and other city services to follow

Singapore, April 4, 2013 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that the Moscow Department of Transport has selected MIFARE Plus® for the new “TROIKA” smart card project in order to provide a smooth system migration to higher security. The new multi-modal card aims to improve the quality of passenger service and make public transport more attractive to use. The Moscow transport network serves an urban area with a population of over 20 million people, and enables over 350 million trips per month.

The new smart card will help passengers to have better, more convenient trips by decreasing one of the biggest problems during Moscow’s rush hour: waiting times at cash desks. Travelers can store any type of ticket on the card without fear of expiry, while frequent travellers can benefit from lower costs when using multiple modes of transport. The contactless card functions with a flexible tariff system, and allows for the future integration of services such as parking, road-tolling, bike rental and in the longer term, mobile ticketing.

“The TROIKA eWallet project is the next step in the evolution of our automatic fare collection system in Moscow, providing passengers with a multi-functional transport card, combining all types of urban transport, with suburban trains and other services such as parking and bike rental to be added in the near future,” said Maxim Liksutov, chairman of the Moscow Department of Transport.

With this new transport card, passengers can benefit from a better and more convenient service by having all types of transport in the Moscow area at their fingertips,” added Dmitry Pyankovsky, head of the Automatic Fare Collection Unit at the Moscow Department of Transport.

Customer service will be significantly improved, with 25,000 new topping-up points being introduced across the city to reduce cash desk queues. To ensure improved end-to-end system security, the new readers will contain NXP’s reader ICs and MIFARE SAM AV2 for secure key storage and back-end connection to the central server. For passengers, the new distribution channels offer a more flexible way of buying tickets.

NXP is the industry’s only provider of a complete identification and transit ticketing solution, from low-end ticketing to high-end secure microcontroller platforms and corresponding reader ICs and SAMs. Transportation and Ticketing Smart Cards and ICs, a new report from ABI Research, confirmed NXP as the global leader in implementation and innovation, with an overall transport ticketing market share of 77%.

“Our fast-moving world faces urbanization and environmental challenges, making the need for flexible and secure travel solutions more important than ever. The backwards compatibility of MIFARE products enables a seamless upgrade to a higher security level without the need to revoke or re-issue existing cards,” said Ulrich Huewels, vice president and general manager, card security business line, NXP Semiconductors. “The two largest cities in Russia – Moscow and St. Petersburg – trust second generation MIFARE products to deliver a more comprehensive, secure and flexible ticketing system. NXP provides a complete end-to-end solution, used in more than 650 cities worldwide.”

NXP MIFARE Plus is based on open global standards for both air interface and cryptographic methods. It is available in two versions: MIFARE Plus S, the Slim version, for straightforward migration of MIFARE Classic systems; and MIFARE Plus X, the eXpert version, which offers more flexibility to optimize the command flow for speed, privacy, and confidentiality.

The NXP MIFARE SAM AV2 solution lets developers of smart card applications to meet the requirements of ever-changing security standards. Unlike other products in the field, MIFARE SAM AV2 has proven interoperability with all of NXP’s broad card portfolio, making it the most versatile and secure SAM solution on the market today. When used in combination with a reader IC supporting innovative “X” features, MIFARE SAM AV2 provides a significant boost in performance to the reader along with faster communication between reader and module.

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