NXP’s MIFARE Plus contactless IC is selected to power unified transport card project in St. Petersburg

NXP’s MIFARE Plus contactless IC is selected to power unified transport card project in St. Petersburg

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The project is a joint effort by the City Transport Committee of St. Petersburg, NXP and AFC solution providers for ground and underground transportation, including ZAO “MF-Tarif,” an NXP MIFARE Plus-based transport card manufacturer, along with SMARTRAC, a global inlay manufacturer. The unified transport card with integrated eWallet allows access to all public transportation systems in St. Petersburg. It supports future integration of additional operators such as suburban trains, road-tolling systems, parking lots and water transport.

The “Podorozhnik” card is based on an advanced electronic carrier, which incorporates contactless transport card functions featuring a flexible tariff system common to all project participants. The card also features a multi-purpose payment control policy allowing future integration of new players and new services based on MIFARE Plus cards. MIFARE technology is already used by operators of public ground and underground transport in the S-Petersburg and Leningrad Region, as well as suburban electric trains. There is opportunity to expand the reach of the new transport card and integrate additional services, such as access to city transport and suburban trains, parking fees and road-tolling, as well as other innovations in accordance to long-term city development plans.

NXP’s latest MIFARE contactless IC enables systems integrators to add new security features and functionality into existing MIFARE infrastructures. The recent implementation of the Podorozhnik system is built around the NXP MIFARE Plus IC, which has received Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification and features 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard(AES). This  provides banking-grade security for  transport applications,  not  only  securely  storing  data on  the number of  trips in the transport card,  but also securely expanding the range of services available for the card holder.

"The implementation of a unified transport card project based on NXP’s MIFARE Plus technology in one of Russia’s largest cities is a significant achievement for NXP and our partners,” said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors.  “We see increasing demand for contactless technology in Russia and the other CIS states. Major operators such as the Moscow Metro already use our MIFARE technology, and our MIFARE Plus solution is powering ground transportation in Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  St. Petersburg’s AFC system is an excellent example of a large-scaled  MIFARE Plus-based project implementation. It confirms, once again, that the MIFARE technology platform provides system integrators with the flexibility to create an AFC system respecting the individual needs of the customer, while offering a clear upgrade path to increased levels of security and privacy when required.”

“The Podorozhnik project is the next step of implementation of the automatic fare collection system in St. Petersburg and provides passengers with a multifunctional transport card, combining  all  types  of urban transport,  as well as suburban transport in the future,” said Stanislav  V. Popov, chairman  of the transport  committee of St. Petersburg.  “The unique benefit of the project is that it allows passengers to access all city transportation resources with a single  card instead of multiple  cards  for various types  of transport – passengers don’t need to worry about buying  multiple  cards and their validity dates to  access the desired transportation resource whenever they need it.  Moreover, if the card is regularly used, the discounted tariff will be activated automatically. Thus, for a frequent passenger taking advantage of using the Podorozhnik card in the city transport of S-Petersburg, discounts of 1.5 to 7 roubles per trip can apply. The launch of a unified Podorozhnik transport card will make every trip by public transport more comfortable for a passenger, and will decrease the number of passengers using cash to pay for a trip (around 25 percent today)."

"We have worked with NXP for a number of years. Choosing the innovative MIFARE Plus technology to power the unified Podorozhnik transport card for St. Petersburg was a major decision; however, we never had doubts about the support from NXP. Advanced security levels and full compatibility with MIFARE Classic infrastructure are the benefits of MIFARE Plus technology. As a result we were able  to introduce this innovative  product to the city within quite a short timeframe through integration of the new carrier into the already functional and well-tuned system,” saidElena N. Makova,deputy  CEO of  MF-Tarif, the supplier of AFC system for ground transportation in St. Petersburg and Podorozhnik transport card manufacturer. “The new product provides multifunctionality and reliable data storage,  allowing the city to securely implement flexible tariffs policy, set up long-term card validity dates, and quickly integrate new service operators in the system.”

The pilot of the unified Podorozhnik transport card based on MIFARE Plus technology took place in St Petersburg in January 2011. Mass roll-out of the system began  in  May 2011. In total, the system will serve more than four million  residents  and  more than  one million  tourists  daily.

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