11/24/2003 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX: PHI) announced the addition of Trans Link Systems (TLS) to its expanding list of public transportation systems using the Philips MIFARE® contactless smart card interface platform. The new transportation system, based on Philips' semiconductor technology, will allow TLS travellers to move seamlessly between trains, light rail, metro and buses in The Netherlands using one single, contactless ticketing solution. The first trial-implementations will start during the course of 2004 in busy Rotterdam, with nationwide coverage of the system scheduled for completion by 2007. Upon full implementation, the system will process about 1.5 billion trip-transactions per year.
Fully in line with ISO 14443A, the industry standard for contactless smart cards, MIFARE has been the technology of choice for electronic ticketing solutions in many public transport systems, including those in London, Beijing, Seoul and Moscow. With today's announcement, travellers in The Netherlands will be able to move seamlessly across the nation with easy, rapid payments and improved security against fraud. TLS, an initiative by five leading transport companies in The Netherlands - the Netherlands Railways (NS), Connexxion, The Hague Tramways (HTM), Amsterdam Municipal Transport (GVB) and Rotterdam Electric Tram (RET) - has been entrusted with developing and implementing a robust, future-oriented system for electronic ticketing to improve efficiency and ease-of-use for the end-customer.
"We only want to use proven technologies in the Netherlands," said Jeroen Kok, managing director of TLS. "We don't want to saddle passengers with teething troubles. The system has to run smoothly from the start, it must also be easy to use with fast and reliable payment procedures. The number-one priority is customer convenience. We're not going to experiment with new technology, but apply methods of electronic payment that have proven successful elsewhere in the world. That's what Philips offers."
"Philips is committed to improving the efficiency and convenience of a wide range of services with its industry-leading portfolio of chip solutions for contactless smart card schemes," said Reinhard Kalla, general manager of the Identification business at Philips Semiconductors. "We are collaborating with a wide range of service providers, government departments and industry standards bodies to develop secure semiconductor identification technologies that can be embedded into a wide range of objects such as smart cards, passports, paper tickets, and mobile phones."
With close to 400 million cards issued and over two million readers installed, MIFARE is the industry standard for contactless interface technology. It is the leading contactless smart card technology with an estimated 80% share in contactless and dual interface smart card schemes (Source: IMS Research 2003). The future-proof portfolio of MIFARE chip solutions from Philips covers reader components, as well as contactless and dual interface smart card ICs for a complete contactless ticketing system, including chip-based paper tickets.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 31.8 billion in 2002. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 166,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.
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