Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG,
AEX: PHI) today announced that 1. FC Köln has implemented a multi-function
contactless ticketing solution based on Philips MIFARE DESFire chip
technology. Since the beginning of October, season ticket holders for the
RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne - one of 12 venues due to host the 2006 FIFA
World Cup - have been able to access the recently rebuilt 51,000 capacity
arena using a contactless smart card.
Event organizers such as football clubs are increasingly looking to smart
card technologies as a way of providing comprehensive access control that is
simple to use. Globally, a growing number of clubs have already implemented
Philips' smart card solutions for access to their stadiums, including PSV
Eindhoven in The Netherlands. More than an access control system, the cards
can also work as a loyalty card or electronic purse, enabling football clubs
to design applications around their fans' needs.
1. FC Köln implementation sets a new standard for the use of smart cards in
a stadium environment. By using both Philips' MIFARE DESFire smart cards and
MIFARE DESFire SAM in readers for a secure ticketing infrastructure, the
solution offers an unprecedented combination of speed of access, data
security and future proofing. The initial implementation will be further
enhanced with additional services, such as cashless payment for a variety of
services, all of which can be incorporated into the same infrastructure -
including smart cards already in the field.
"By issuing contactless smart cards, we can provide unprecedented levels of
functionality and scalability in our stadium, providing convenience and
ensuring the safety and security of our loyal fans while providing them with
an enhanced experience at every game," said Lars Nierfeld, marketing manager
at 1. FC Köln. "The cards have already proved to be an excellent addition
to the grounds, and we're looking forward to taking full advantage of the
solution's wide range of potential applications in the future."
Initially, the scheme is available to season ticket and membership card
holders. However, the standardized reader infrastructure supports a wide
range of contactless media, enabling the scheme to be extended to all
tickets - including paper ones - in the future. Fully compatible with ISO
14443 type A, Philips' open-platform MIFARE interface standard is already
the market leader in contactless public transport applications, providing
event organizers with the possibility to easily link into these existing
infrastructures. MIFARE is also compatible with the NFC technology that
Philips jointly developed with Sony, providing the possibility of using
NFC-enabled devices such as mobile phones to store electronic tickets.
"As the world's leading supplier of contactless ICs, we're pleased to be
working with 1. FC Köln to provide this flexible and user-centric solution,"
said Jan-Willem Reynaerts, general manager for market sector Transport and
Logistics at Philips Semiconductors. "It's a great example of how technology
can be designed around its users, providing fans with a simple access
solution and the club with the opportunity to offer tailored services,
further enhancing the invigorating experience of live football."
About the solution
Designed to meet the increasing demands for high-speed, triple-Data
Encryption Standard (DES) secured contactless ticketing solutions, MIFARE
DESFire is an ideal fit for service providers and system integrators looking
to develop convenient, multi-functional smart card-based systems meeting the
highest security standards for use in public transportation, event
ticketing, identity, e-government, city loyalty and e-purse schemes.
"MIFARE contactless solutions account for more than 80 percent of the
contactless proximity transaction market worldwide," according to Derrick
Robinson, senior analyst at IMS Research. Philips has implemented solutions
to meet a wide range of needs, including access control for NASA and the
Sydney Olympic Games as well as ticketing for The Great Wall of China.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of
the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales
of $32.8 billion (EUR 29 billion in 2003). With activities in the three
interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 166,800
employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in
medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets,
electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips
is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.