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NEWS / 26.01.2009

26.01.2009

Moscow Metro - the world’s largest transportation system is fully shifted to the contactless payment system

Moscow Metro - the world’s largest transportation system is fully shifted to the contactless payment system using NXP MIFARE technology

To date, the Moscow metro released some 300 million paper tickets based on MIFARE Ultralight chip.

The Moscow Metro by now is the only public transport operator in the world, carrying out 100% of fare payment operations using contactless automated system of fare collection, based on the advanced MIFARE technology.

The existing automated fare collection system with electronic tickets, based on smart cards has been implemented in the Moscow Metro by the specialists of the Smart Technologies Group.

In early 2008, the system has been renovated by the complete replacement of cards with magnetic stripe for 1, 2, 5 trips by paper smart cards based on MIFARE Ultralight chips. Since the introduction Moscow Metro has sold over 300 million tickets within one year.

The fare collection system based on MIFARE technology has enabled the Moscow Metro to significantly improve the quality of passenger service by increasing the capacity of turnstiles and improvement of usability.

The introduction of this system also allowed to substantially reduce the number of counterfeit travel documents, significantly reduce costs and improve operational efficiency.

"The Moscow Metro implements a policy of innovation in the transport sector since 1999, when we first started to use smart cards. We are proud that we have the world's first fully contactless ticketing system. We are continuously expanding our system based on the latest NXP technologies", - said Vladimir Zhuchkov, Chief of the Department of perception of profits, Moscow Metro. - "Paper smart card is an excellent solution providing passengers with ease and freedom of travel throughout the network of the Moscow metro."

Source: nxp.com