Bengaluru Metro System Adopts NXP's MIFARE Technology

Semiconductors N.V NXPI -1.73% today announced that its MIFARE DESFire(TM) platform has been selected to manage the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) of the newly opened metro in the Indian city of Bengaluru, formally known as Bangalore. The Namma Metro is the third metro to be opened in India after the Kolkata and the Delhi Metros. The aim of the project is to significantly reduce journey time for the city's residents and visitors, relieve congestion on roads and in the bus network, and reduce the associated levels of pollution.

The first reach of the metro opened in October 2011, and further sections are currently under construction. Once complete, the metro will comprise 41 stations and will be able to carry over one million passengers a day. Following the success of the Delhi Metro -- the first metro worldwide to receive a UN award for reducing congestion and carbon emissions -- Namma Metro will be a fully contactless system, offering a number of flexible fare structures including trip tickets and stored value tickets and day tickets.

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