Contactless paper tickets and plastic cards
According to the UN, by 2015 there will be more than 60 “megacities” inhabited by more than 600 million people – whose urban transport systems are reaching their capacity.
Conventional paper ticket systems are simply not capable of meeting the challenges to come. Modern systems with contactless tickets, which are starting to appear all over the world, do however fulfill these conditions. They also reduce investment expenditure and maintenance costs. Their customer-friendliness is an additional advantage, as all interactions between the customer and the backend system take place through contactless smartcards. The cards are also equipped with complex security features that protect the customer’s data and flow of funds against unauthorized access.
Numerous technologies now exist worldwide that are capable of handling the needs of urban environments. Giesecke & Devrient has been equipping transport companies with revolutionary contactless tickets since the 1990s, regardless of the technology being used. These longstanding customer relationships are proof of G&D's reliability and extraordinarily high quality standards.
Many transport companies and system integrators looking for an advance on the plastic card opt for solutions such as MIFARE Ultralight. The contactless MIFARE Ultralight chip is currently used in paper form and is the type of ticket overwhelmingly used by occasional travelers and tourists.Read more
MIFARE Classic is the industry standard solution for automatic, contactless fare collection. It is a simple, proven, and robust system. Both models, with a memory of 1kB and 4kB respectively, can handle all bookings without a hitch.Read more
MIFARE Plus is backward compatible with existing MIFARE Classic systems and so allows useful migration to a higher security level. The card is especially suitable for use in public transport, although it can be enhanced to include other applications such as customer loyalty schemes.Read more
MIFARE DESFire is already in use all over the world and has proved its worth in public transport systems through its uncomplicated method of use and high level of security. This card is based on a microprocessor and can be used for multiple applications in the field.Read more
Calypso allows any mobile device to be used for journeys on public transport, be it smartcard, cell phone, USB smart key, or other medium. This contactless card based on the ISO 14443 standard is already in use around the world.Read more
G&D has used the open CIPURSE standard to develop innovative solutions which are flexible and include fast transactions, multi-application capability, and security.Read more
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