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NXP Semiconductors has announced that Mifare Plus contactless microcontroller IC has been adopted by the Turkish highway card-based automated toll scheme Kartli Gecis Sistemi (KGS).

Implemented by Aselsan, this rollout will see NXP supplying more than two million Mifare Plus chips for the scheme annually.

Designed to offer a smooth upgrade path from Mifare Classic, Mifare Plus enables systems integrators to add in additional security features and functionality into existing Mifare applications.

NXP said Mifare Plus has seen significant growth in various security sensitive applications, such as public transport ticketing schemes, road tolling, loyalty cards, closed-loop micro payment and access management in the public and private sectors.

Turkey’s contactless highway toll collection system covers 1,800km of motorways and bridges, and carries in excess of 150 million vehicles annually.

In January 2010, the highway toll operator embarked on a project to migrate the contactless smart card scheme to a Mifare Plus-based system.

Aselsan, the systems integrator driving the project, will conduct a phased approach and gradually turn on the various security features enabled by the reader infrastructure upgrade plan.

The respective card and prelam production as well as programming services are being provided by Smartrac and Plastkart.

Mifare Plus technology features 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and supports migration from existing Mifare Classic implementations.

The contactless microcontroller IC offers an upgrade path for system integrators and operators wishing to implement additional layers of security to their automatic fare collection, access management and micro-payment installations.

In addition, the product has received Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification by the German Federal Office for Information Security, and has undergone thorough security and privacy assessment by the Universities of Bochum and Leuven.

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