NXP Semiconductors N.V., Sequent Software, the platform bringing cards to mobile, have announced a collaboration to increase the use of mobile devices in transit, access control and hospitality applications. Sequent has licensed NXP’s MIFARE DESFire and MIFARE4Mobile V1.01 and integrated them into the Sequent Platform, allowing consumers to access potentially millions of credentials for use in real-world environments with their mobile devices.
“Our new agreement with NXP allows us to tap into the huge installed base of MIFARE® and provide a massive amount of card-based applications into mobile devices. It opens up opportunities for transit agencies, hotels and other organizations to effectively leverage mobile devices as the cards and keys of their customers,” said Hans Reisgies, CTO at Sequent. “From now on, consumers will always be able to have these cards with them, securely stored on their smartphones so they can easily ride trains, enter office buildings, open hotel room doors, validate at parking ramps and make payments.”
Sequent’s Token Service Platform (TSP) supports hardware secure element security and other security appliances in connected devices. This enables them to offer more widely the use of MIFARE-based credentials, also on smartphones that do not have a native MIFARE implementation on the secure element. With this flexibility, Sequent can support more card types and emulation standards, making them available in the smartphone apps consumers already know and use and this greatly simplifies and fosters efficiencies in a wide variety of industries.
“NXP’s MIFARE DESFire and MIFARE Classic are widely used for many applications including transit and access control, with over 10 billion cards sold in more than 736 cities worldwide,” said Matthias Poppel, general manager, secure mobility and retail, NXP Semiconductors. “The flexibility offered by Sequent’s token service platform is truly innovative. Offering secure credential management on the connected devices and apps consumers know and trust will allow even more consumers to benefit from MIFARE and is a notable step forward in the digitization of cards and tickets in a consumer’s wallet.”