SOURCE: NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors

October 06, 2010 09:00 ET

LA Metro Selects NXP's MIFARE Ultralight™ Technology for Paper Ticketing

Single Use Tickets Based on NXP Contactless IC

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2010) -  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transport Authority (LA Metro) will begin circulating single and limited-use paper tickets that will use NXP MIFARE Ultralight™ contactless chip technology within its existing automatic fare collection infrastructure. With over 353 million bus boardings in 2009, this technology will allow LA Metro passengers to use smart paper tickets with the installed contactless transportation ticketing system, thereby improving customer experience while significantly lowering maintenance costs.


  • End-user benefits of contactless ticketing for LA Metro:
    • Reduces lines at points of entry
    • Enables faster boarding and exiting for passengers
    • Easier upgrading by the transport operator
  • NXP has a strong track record in providing contactless chip (IC) technology for limited-use ticketing and their solutions are already used by other transport authorities, such as Moscow Metro, which carries nine million passengers on average a day
  • Features of NXP MIFARE Ultralight™ contactless chip technology:
    • Ideal for single, limited-use, event and parking tickets
    • Cost-efficient IC solution based on the worldwide established ISO 14443 infrastructure
    • Fully compatible with MIFARE Ultralight™ C, which offers advanced flexibility and security for limited-use applications

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Mass transportation agencies need to continuously look for ways to improve cost and operational efficiencies while offering better service to their customers. By utilizing a product such as NXP's contactless chip (IC) technology for limited use ticketing, mass transit agencies like LA Metro can offer customers a smarter, faster and more reliable solution that will significantly improve their daily commute," said Drew Nathanson, senior RFID analyst and director of research operations at VDC Research Group, Inc.
  • "LA Metro's selection of NXP's MIFARE Ultralight™ technology for its limited-use tickets further reinforces NXP's leadership in providing contactless solutions. MIFARE Ultralight™ is a proven, cost effective solution for mass transit applications, and this technology is extensively used by other global transport authorities," said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager Secure Transactions, Identification business unit, NXP Semiconductors.

Information on MIFARE
NXP MIFARE Ultralight™ product information
LA Metro
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About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009. For more information, visit

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