NXP Semiconductors has said that its MIFARE DESFire platform has been selected to manage the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) of the newly-opened metro in Bangalore.
The first reach of the metro opened in October 2011, and further sections are currently under construction. Once complete, the metro will comprise 41 stations and will be able to carry over one million passengers a day. Following the success of the Delhi Metro – the first metro worldwide to receive a UN award for reducing congestion and carbon emissions – the Bangalore or 'Namma' Metro will be a fully contactless system, offering a number of flexible fare structures including trip tickets and stored value tickets and day tickets.
“We want to offer our passengers a unique experience and we are working with our partners to create new services which really add value for our passengers. In this connection, we are working with the State Bank of India to popularize India’s first joint banking debit cum transit card, and with telecom companies to enable giving easy recharging options and also pay-as-you-go services for the travel cards,” said A S Shankar, BMRCL’s Chief Engineer (Signalling and Telecommunication).
“Namma Metro is a giant step for public transportation systems in India. With our R&D development center in Bangalore, we are both supplier and user of this latest, state-of- the-art transport system, and ready to serve the growing transportation needs of this dynamic city," said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors.
This is the third major MIFARE DESFire EV1 transport installation in India. besides the Delhi Metro, NXP’s technology is being used by India’s Centre for Railway Information Systems, part of the Ministry of Railways, to bring AFC to railways across India. The MIFARE-based AFC will help improve the overall passenger experience while also helping to drive operational efficiencies, enabling convenient and secure recognition of over 18 million passengers every year.
NXP’s MIFARE DESFire technology is an open architecture platform, built around the needs of public transport ticketing systems. It supports fast transactions, advanced security and privacy features, and the ability to host multiple independent applications. MIFARE DESFire EV1 has been designed for systems integrators looking for leading security features and wanting to combine multiple applications in a single contactless smartcard.