LA Metro selects NXP

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NXP has announced that Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) is the world’s first transport operator to implement NXP’s MIFARE Plus contactless technology for its automatic fare collection infrastructure.

LA Metro, which already uses a MIFARE Classic-based system, is upgrading the Transit Access Pass, or TAP card, to include MIFARE Plus microcontroller smart card ICs. On an annual basis, LA Metro attracts approximately 480 million boardings in the Greater Los Angeles area, and all passengers can enjoy convenient tap-and-go transport and a contactless ticketing system delivering advanced chip security features.

‘LA Metro’s chief goal is to provide mass transit riders with a hassle-free traveling experience based on leading contactless technology that is both easy to use and robust,’ comments Jane Matsumoto, deputy executive officer, LA Metro. ‘Security is a key element of our system, and NXP’s MIFARE Plus has proven to meet all our demands related to security features and superior scalability.’

MIFARE Plus is the latest addition to NXP’s MIFARE family of contactless technologies used in transport networks and access management worldwide. MIFARE Plus meets the highest industry standards in performance and security, including 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cryptology and an easy migration path from existing MIFARE Classic infrastructures.