NXP MIFARE is the world’s leading technology in automatic fare collection, with more than 10 million reader components and more than a billion contactless and dual-interface ICs sold. It’s no wonder, since MIFARE gives passengers a quick, convenient way to access transportation. They just wave their prepaid cards over a reader at the turnstile or entry, and they’re on their way. 

The large majority of today’s MIFARE systems are based on durable, re-usable cards. Known as top-up cards or multi-ride passes, these extended-use smartcards let commuters and other frequent travelers use a “rechargeable” ticket for months or even a year or more. Today, MIFARE is also becoming established in limited-use tickets, replacing magnetic stripes on disposable tickets to create a new generation of smart paper tickets. This makes it possible to bring the same level of convenience and performance to a new group of passengers, such as tourists and other occasional travelers who use the system less frequently. 

Smart paper tickets deliver many of the same benefits as their extended-use counterparts. Passengers get a better experience, with new payment options, comfortable and fast transactions without waiting in line, a greater sense of security, and more efficient travel. The technology benefits operators, too. In Moscow, the subway system uses smart paper tickets to monitor usage more accurately, and then modify the number and length of trains to increase efficiency. The result is a reduction in operating costs. In Turkey, transport operators found that smart paper ticketing reduces fraud, too, leading to an increase in revenue. In systems that use bar codes or magnetic stripes, forgers can create new cards with a color copier or a magstripe reader. By contrast, contactless technology protects data with 3DES encryption, 16-bit counters, and cloning protection, making it much harder to copy or forge a ticket. The higher level of security reduces fraud, and increases safety by limiting access to authorized passengers only. 

NXP’s MIFARE Ultralight and MIFARE Ultralight C are specially designed for limited-use applications. MIFARE Ultralight C, the latest generation, adds standardized open cryptography and the ability to extend services in the limited-use segment. Operators can now create joint applications, such as park-and-ride tickets, and the technology can also be used in event ticketing or as part of loyalty programs and prepaid applications. 

MIFARE Ultralight
MIFARE Ultralight is an IC solution for contactless limited-use tickets

Complies with ISO / IEC 14443 A
512-bit EEPROM
32-bit OTP
Operating distance of 10 cm with Euro and Edmonson formats
MIFARE Ultralight C
MIFARE Ultralight C builds on MIFARE Ultralight, adding a 3DES crypto-engine for contactless limited-use tickets

Complies with ISO / IEC 14443 A
Functionally backwards compatible with MIFARE Ultralight
Protected data access via 3DES authentication
1536-bit EEPROM memory
16-bit one-way counter
Anti-cloning protection

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