City of Istanbul selects NXP ID technology for public transport system




NXP Semiconductors announced that the city
of Istanbul, Turkey, has selected NXP’s MIFARE DESFire EV1 contactless
microcontroller to power the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) element of its
redeveloped public transportation system.


The Istanbulkart project, developed by
systems integrator Belbim, is one of the largest and most diverse AFC projects
within the EMEA region.


It unites the city’s different modes of
transport and enables residents to get around Istanbul using a single travel


With over 4.5 million Istanbulkarts already
deployed in recent months, the MIFARE DESFire-based system delivers an improved
level of service, as well as a convenient and secure payment model to


By introducing secure contactless
technology to public transport, Istanbul joins more than 650 cities around the
world that have improved the efficiency, security and convenience of their
transportation systems with NXP MIFARE technology, including London, St.
Petersburg and Rio de Janeiro.


“The key aim of the Istanbulkart
project is to make it easier for all of Istanbul’s residents to travel across
the city, regardless of what mode of transport they use. After a successful
pilot, the scheme is now available to all of the city’s residents,” said
Harun Maden, general manager, Belbim.


The NXP MIFARE DESFire technology platform is the ideal solution for its AFC project
because it supports multiple applications such as the planned City Card
concept. Using this platform will enable to extend Istanbulkart functionality
to support other services such as contactless car park payments, cinema access,
or taxi payments in the future.


“As one of the most diverse and
largest AFC projects in EMEA, Belbim needed a trusted and proven contactless
solution which was flexible enough be used on a transport network consisting of
buses, ferry boats, metro, trams and trains,” said Henri Ardevol, vice
president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors.


NXP’s MIFARE DESFire EV1 is uniquely built
around the needs of public transport operators and access management service
providers, offering fast read rates as well as advanced security and privacy


By supporting multiple applications on a
single microcontroller, MIFARE DESFire EV1 is enabling a major shift in the
identification market toward offering multiple services via a single
contactless smartcard.


The MIFARE DESFire platform goes beyond this to enable
seamless extensions of ticketing solutions on banking CPU ICs or the secure
elements in NFC-enabled mobile devices.


MIFARE DESFire is based on open global
standards for both air interfaces and cryptographic methods. In addition to
offering data transfer rates of up to 848 kbit/s, MIFARE DESFire utilizes a
Triple DES, 3K DES, and AES hardware cryptographic engine for securing the data
on the smartcards and data during transmission.


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