Mifare ® & Mifare ® ultralight
Mifare ® classic is the brand name for ICs with a Mifare ® Interface and Mifare ® classic communication protocolo and security mechanisms.
The MIFARE ® classic family is the pioneer and front runner in contactless smart card ICs operating in the 13.56 MHz frequency range with read/write capability. The Mifare ® standard IC, launched in 1995, was the first product which could be fitted into a ISO contactless smart card, and with its slim coil allowed very high volume production.
Mifare ® Standard was the first IC to be used in high volume public transport ticketing in a major transport project in Seoul, Korea. Continuing that success, cities such as London, Beijing or Taipei and many more are adopting Mifare ® as the contactless interface platform for the present and future.
With the emergence of the Mifare ® dual interface controller, which provides additional support for open e-purse schemes, Mifare ® Classic ICs are primarily used in closed ticketing systems where value is extracted in a secure and authorized way from the purse by the transport operator. They are also widely used for fixed value tickets.
Mifare ® classic products are also used for payment in other transport applications: Electronic Toll Colletion, parking meters or access to car parks.
Another important application today is physical access control. Here Mifare ® classic cards are used for ID cards, company or building access and employee cards.
MIFARE ® ULTRALIGHT
Today, approximately 2/3 of journeys on public transport systems are paid for and completed by passengers using a multiple journey pass. The remaining third are concluded through traditional forms of payment, including coins, tokens and paper magnetic-stripe tickets. This split has traditionally meant that transport service providers have had to rely on machinery capable of handling a variety of payment methods and ticket types.
Mifare ® ultralight is particulary suited for applications requiring low-cost, contactless ticketing solutions such as: single trip tickets in public transport systems, loyalty cards or event tickets for exhibitions, stadiums and leisure parks.
Mifare ® ultralight has a 512-bit EEPROM read/write memory and is compatible with existing Mifare ® infrastructures. Operating in accordance with ISO 14443A, Mifare ® ultralight functions at a distance of up to 10 cm with true anti-collision properties and without the need for a battery. It enables the development of a complete electronic, contactless payment system for use in public transport systems and another applications.
The shift from the use of coin or magnetic-stripe ticket operated to a single contactless electronic payment method significantly decreases operating costs and reduces the amount of cash circulating in a transport system, minimizing the chance of a cash crime.
Once a passanger has purchased a smart contactless ticket they can easly enter their chosen mean of transport without stopping to insert their ticket into an electronic access barrier. By keeping their ticket in their pocket and walking past a reader barrier that scans their card using RF technology, the passenger is given automatic access without creating a queue.