Dialog Axiata, Orik Payments Solutions and NXP Semiconductors have launched NXP’s MIFARE DESFire technology for secure contactless payments and transport ticketing in Sri Lanka.
Following a evaluation of the available smart card technologies, Orik and Dialog decided to use NXP`s MIFARE DESFire for the national roll-out of the electronic ticketing and payment service.
NXP’s MIFARE DESFire technology will also enable NFC-based mobile phone ticketing in the upcoming months.
According to NXP, the implementation of the new ‘TOUCH travel card’ contactless smart card will connect several countries that use contactless electronic ticketing in their public transport systems.
TOUCH will also work as a payment solution in shops and taxis to allow the passengers to simply hold their contactless smart card next to the reader for the payment to be taken automatically.
NXP said that TOUCH will leverage Dialog’s existing eZ cash project, which is also based on MIFARE DESFire technology, with more than 14,000 recharge points and more than 12,000 retailers accepting eZ NFC payments.
Furthermore, Dialog and Orik have also implemented NXP´s reader ICs and MIFARE SAM AV2 for secure key storage and back-end connection to the central server.
NXP Semiconductors automatic fare collection general manager, Martin Gruber, said: "MIFARE is used in more than 650 cities worldwide and enables a huge number of secure and convenient contactless solutions in over 40 different applications like transport ticketing, payment or access management, helping cities to become smarter and more livable places.
"On each project, we are working closely together with our partners to create solutions tailored to the customer´s needs. This engagement and the broad product portfolio of MIFARE and NXP, enables us to deliver complete solutions and ensure service sustainability."