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NEWS / 24.03.2009


Smart Technologies Group has participated in the ITSO conference

Smart Technologies Group has participated in the ITSO Customer Media Alternatives conference, which held on March, 12 in London.

The conference was devoted to choice of new smart card technologies for fare collection systems.

ITSO — developer of contactless technology in transport and related fields (www.itso.org.uk).

The conference was organized in connection with an earlier accepted (in November 2008.) decision to refuse MIFARE ® Classic (1K and 4K) cards using.

From the end of 2009 issuing of new cards MIFARE ® Classic will be stop, and till 31.12.2016 all of them should be withdrawn from circulation.

The conference brought together about 200 delegates (representatives of supplier companies, transport operators, municipalities).

There have been reports about the potential of smart cards, selection possible alternatives to MIFARE ® Classic:

  • MIFARE ® DESFire
  • Calypso
  • Microprocessor cards (JCOP)

To date, a new cards type for ITSO is not selected.