NXP enables mobile ticketing for smart mobile devices

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MIFARE4Mobile, an applet that manages MIFARE-based applications in mobile devices, has been made available in the upcoming NXP embedded secure elements to support mobile ticketing for the sizeable MIFARE Classic system.

Initially developed by NXP Semiconductors, MIFARE4Mobile provides services such as transit ticketing, access management and loyalty, in NFC enabled mobile devices, from over-the-air installation to end-user interaction via the user interface of the mobile phone. MIFARE4Mobile is guided by the MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group, which was formed by leading players in the NFC ecosystem in 2010, and is currently defining the next evolution of MIFARE4Mobile specifications.

The upcoming specifications aim to support additional MIFARE technology platform products and compliance to global standards such as Global Platform. Jeff Miles, vice president of mobile transactions at NXP Semiconductors, said the availability of MIFARE4Mobile on its PN65O reflects the commitment NXP has to enable convergence of mobile and transit use cases. ‘With the majority of leading smart phone OEMs launching NFC handsets, network operators and transit authorities’ interest in mobile ticketing continues to rise,’ Miles said.

However, Miles said the increased availability of MIFARE4Mobile on NXP embedded secure elements was just the start of a larger plan. ‘We look forward to enhancing this offering as the MIFARE4Mobile specifications continue to evolve as part of our industry leadership,’ he said.

Over 650 cities and more than 50 countries use the MIFARE technology platform, mobile applications and, specifically, ticketing for public transit. Mobile ticketing offers passengers integrated smart trip planning with instant purchasing availability of the required fare products and real time passenger trip information.

David deKozan, vice president of strategic initiatives at Cubic Transportation Systems, an intelligent travel solutions provider, welcomed the steps to make MIFARE4Mobile more available. ‘We are pleased to see the introduction of NXP’s solution with MIFARE4Mobile as a viable way to bring mobile ticketing, payment, and related applications to transit users,’ said deKozan.