Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Indian Railways to Implement 'Smart' Ticketing

The Indian Railways has selected a chip technology by NXP Semiconductors, a semiconductor founded by Philips to power its contact less smart cards for automatic fare collection system. The secure micro-controller-based technology called MIFARE DESFire will be implemented across various Indian cities in the ATVMs (Automatic Ticket Vending Machines).The user-friendly ATVMs will be rolled out across five Indian cities - New Delhi, Secunderabad, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Pune. Together with card and inlay-manufacturer Siepmann's Card Systems, NXP will provide MIFARE DESFire-based ICs for approximately 6.5 lakh contact less cards over a period of one year. This project is expected to be launched in September 2009 and will initially be rolled out in Delhi and Secunderabad.

The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the IT wing of the Ministry of Railways haddeveloped the ATVMs as part of an Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS).

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