The leading industry standard for contactless and dual interface smart card schemes:
Fully compliant with ISO 14443A, MIFARE is the leading industry standard for contactless and dual interface smart card schemes, with an immense worldwide installed base. The platform offers a full range of compatible contactless smart card and reader ICs, as well as dual interface ICs that provide a link between the contactless and contact card markets.

Key benefits:
-MIFARE is the leading industry standard for contactless smart card transactions.
-Worldwide largest installed base with more than 10 million MIFARE reader core components sold, and more than 1 billion contactless and dual interface ICs sold.
-Fully compliant to ISO 14443A.
-Future-proof evolution path and roadmap – standard interface ensures that today’s infrastructure can easily be upgraded for future card ICs.
-Consistent product portfolio and multiple sourcing at all levels of the value chain.

Key applications:
-Electronic ticketing in public transport.
-Road tolling.
-Airline tickets.
-Access control.
-Multiple applications.

Descriptive summary:
The MIFARE interface platform currently consists of six product families: MIFARE Classic covers hardwired ICs using the MIFARE communication protocol, such as the MIFARE Standard 1k and the new MIFARE Standard 4K. MIFARE Ultralight is ideal for low cost, high volume limited-use tickets for public transport, event ticketing and many other application areas. It provides the perfect replacement for today’s magnetic-stripe tickets. MIFARE DESFire EV1 is the first contactless IC on the market to support the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) as well as common cryptography methods such as DES and 3DES. NXP’s MIFARE DESFire EV1 smart cards and MIFARE DESFire EV1 SAMs in readers are ideal for public transportation, event ticketing, identity, e-government, city loyalty and e-purse schemes.

Benefiting from improved convenience and speed in the ticketing process, travellers just wave their card over a reader at the turnstiles or entry point. MIFARE products are set to be the key to individual mobility in the future, supporting multiple applications including road tolling, airline tickets, access control and many more.

An open platform:
MIFARE is an open platform, available to any company willing to develop, market and sell MIFARE-compatible products under conditions of common industry practice. Companies supporting MIFARE throughout the full value chain of the various applications (service providers, system integrators, card and reader manufacturers, software companies) can make use of extensive support services: · MIFARE compatibility certification by the independent MIFARE Certification Institute (MCI) Test-house Arsenal, which ensures that certified cards and readers from any supplier work together properly · – a forum to drive and support the development of the MIFARE interface platform for all companies and institutions involved in MIFARE.

NXP’s MIFARE is a proven, reliable, and robust technology for contactless smart cards. It’s been on the market for more than 10 years and is now the world’s most widely used technology for automatic fare collection. It gives passengers a simple, convenient way to access transportation — travelers just wave their prepaid cards over a reader at the turnstile or entry, and they’re on their way. 

MIFARE Classic, the original version of the technology, is now used for public transport schemes in more than 650 cities in more than 50 countries. Many of these installations are starting to migrate to solutions that offers higher levels of performance, flexibility, and security. For many of these systems, MIFARE Plus is a significant security upgrade, and for others, MIFARE DESFire EV1 is a way to increase security while opening up opportunities for multi-applications use. 

MIFARE Plus brings benchmark security to mainstream contactless smart card applications. It is the only mainstream IC compatible with MIFARE Classic and offers a direct upgrade path for existing infrastructure and services. MIFARE Plus supports the pre-issuance of new cards and coexists with current and new cards. After upgrading the system infrastructure, service operators can switch MIFARE Plus-based cards in the field to a higher security level using AES encryption without needing to revoke or re-issue the cards. 

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), which attracts approximately 480 million boardings each year, is one of the first public transport systems to migrate their MIFARE Classic system to MIFARE Plus. 

MIFARE DESFire EV1 is an ideal solution for developers and providers wanting to combine and support multiple applications on one smart card. It fully complies with the requirements for fast and secure data transmission, flexible memory organization, and interoperability with existing infrastructure. It delivers the perfect balance of speed, performance, and cost efficiency. Its open concept allows future seamless integration of other media, such as smart paper tickets, key fobs, and mobile ticketing based on NFC. It is also fully compatible with the existing MIFARE reader hardware platform.