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Gemalto enables mobile NFC ticketing for Madrid public transport

​Mobile World Congress, Barcelona - March 3, 2015 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), is providing a comprehensive mobile contactless solution​ for a pilot project that enables NFC easy and secure access to the Madrid transport system. Gemalto is delivering its Allynis Trusted Service Manager ​(TSM) and UpTeq Multitenant SIM with MIFARE DESFire technology respectively to CRTM (Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid), and Telefonica, Spain's leading mobile network operator. The EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid), integrated Gemalto's TSM into CRTM backend systems. Gemalto will demonstrate the solution at Mobile World Congress 2015 (Hall 5 Stand 5A80). 

The project is designed to demonstrate the speed and convenience of the new channel for end users, and a range of compelling commercial benefits for service providers. Users will only have to download the transport application developed by Samsung and specially designed for Samsung Galaxy smartphones. This solution permits to provide services that guarantee users experience when receiving rates, interacting with the transport virtual card to check their pending balance, etc. The Samsung application allows to register payment cards securely and conveniently purchase digital tickets. The TSM is used to top up the application on the SIM with the tickets users buy now. 

CRTM benefits from a highly efficient ticket sales channel which is available to its customers 24/7, direct from their mobile handsets. Delays and bottlenecks at ticket barriers caused by travelers fumbling to find the right card in a wallet or purse are reduced, as travelers proceed with a swift tap of the phone on the Madrid transport network's existing contactless readers. 

"CRTM is committed to building on the success of its current contactless ticketing system to further improve the traveling experience for customers," according to CRTM. "The initiative represents the first deployment of MIFARE DESFire technology used in conjunction with the TSM to implement mobile contactless ticketing within public transport." 

"EMT always tries to use cutting edge technology, so we have developed a Desfire Commands Server in the cloud, compatible with Public Transportation Card of Madrid and NFC," said Enrique Diego Bernardo, CIO for EMT. 

"Spain is established as a European trend-setter for early and enthusiastic adoption of contactless services, so the shift to mobile-based solutions represents the next logical step forward," added Philippe Cambriel, President for Europe, Mediterranean and CIS at Gemalto. "With smartphone penetration now at 83%, CRTM is in an ideal position to realize an attractive combination of higher service standards and greater operating efficiency. And by selecting the assurance of a NFC SIM-based approach for their mobile transport strategy in Madrid is following the steps of other large cities like Hong-Kong and Shanghai.

​​​​About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centers, located in 44 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.

Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals. Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

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