Bologna, Italy -Announced at January's Union Internationale des Transport Public conference, an international transit industry conference on automated fare collection, Motorola's M-Smart MercuryôMM4000L smart card claimed several industry "firsts." Motorola ASIC technology, optimized for contactless smart cards, allows features normally found only in higher-priced microprocessor cards. As a result, says Mario DiPrizio, director of engineering and product development for the Motorola Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Div., the card provides cost-effective contactless transactions for high-volume applications such as mass transit.
Card components that help include the built-in data encryption standard (DES) engine, block addressing, and high-speed communications. Other features: 1 Kbyte of secure EEPROM read/write memory; a 10-cm read range; and three security options-triple DES, single DES, or pass through.
The systems architecture that lies behind the card includes reader devices and back-office systems. Multi-application and security features create the possibility for new card uses such as the secure reloading of transit fares over the Internet.