|By Marketwired .||
|January 28, 2014 04:00 AM EST||
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA and EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- Dialog Axiata PLC, Orik Payments Solutions Limited and NXP Semiconductors B.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that 20.6 million commuters in Sri Lanka will be able to use NXP's MIFARE DESFire technology for secure contactless payments and transport ticketing in Sri Lanka. The initial user began on June 6, 2013 in the country's capital of Colombo, and has since January 2014 been extended to full deployment with multiple routes and busses in Colombo bringing the benefits of contactless and secured smart life solutions to Sri Lanka. The system will be rolled out nationwide in Sri Lanka in the course of 2014.
The deployment of the new 'TOUCH travel card' contactless smart card marks a milestone for Sri Lanka. It joins the large number of countries worldwide that use contactless electronic ticketing in their public transport systems, increasing passenger convenience while boosting efficiency and security for public transport operators. In addition to transport ticketing, TOUCH will work as a payment solution in shops and taxis in the near future. Passengers simply hold their contactless smart card next to the reader and payment is taken automatically.
After careful evaluation of the available smart card technologies, Orik Payment solutions -- a leading payment solutions company based in Sri Lanka -- and Dialog Axiata PLC -- Sri Lanka's Mobile market leader -- decided to use NXP`s MIFARE DESFire for the national roll-out of the electronic ticketing and payment service. Using this technology will also enable NFC-based mobile phone ticketing in the near future.
TOUCH will leverage Dialog's existing eZ cash project -- also based on MIFARE DESFire technology -- with more than 14,000 recharge points and more than 12,000 retailers accepting eZ NFC payments. To provide a secure infrastructure service, Dialog and Orik have also implemented NXP´s reader ICs and MIFARE SAM AV2 for secure key storage and back-end connection to the central server.
Mr. Anthony Rodrigo, Chief Digital Services Officer for Dialog Axiata PLC, said, "Our cooperation with Orik and NXP enables contactless ticketing and micro payments, and is another bold move to bring the best services to our customers. TOUCH users can use their smart card for public transport and payment by just holding the card in front of the reader, which is exceptionally convenient. The successful deployment and implementation of the service along with the ongoing live operations bear testimony to the robust nature of the solution."
Patrick Henzen, CEO of Orik Payment Solutions, said, "We are very excited to cooperate with Dialog to enable contactless smart card solutions and NFC projects in Sri Lanka. It has been Orik's vision to kick-start Sri Lanka into the era of contactless technology and doing this side-by-side with Dialog is a great way to accomplish this. The thought that shortly we can pay for transport, goods or services by just swiping a card or our mobile phone in front of a sales-terminal is very exciting and will bring increased convenience, transparency and business opportunities to everybody. Choosing NXP MIFARE DESFire is a logical step in reaching these goals, as it is secure, well-established and has a well-developed supply chain."
Martin Gruber, general manager automatic fare collection, NXP Semiconductors, said, "MIFARE is used in more than 650 cities worldwide and enables a huge number of secure and convenient contactless solutions in over 40 different applications like transport ticketing, payment or access management, helping cities to become smarter and more livable places. On each project, we are working closely together with our partners to create solutions tailored to the customer´s needs. This engagement and the broad product portfolio of MIFARE and NXP, enables us to deliver complete solutions and ensure service sustainability."
NFC is a market proven, standardized technology co-invented by NXP and Sony in 2002. NXP is at the center of the NFC ecosystem, fuelling its development by partnering with almost all major handset manufacturers, mobile OS providers and applications developers.
About Dialog Axiata PLC
Dialog Axiata PLC, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka's largest and fastest growing mobile telecommunications network. The Company is also one of the largest listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalization.
Dialog Axiata supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka's Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV).
The Dialog Group has also been aggressive in its pursuit of a leadership position in the provision of Digital Services. Dialog Axiata PLC has the distinction of being the first mobile operator in Sri Lanka to be awarded a Mobile Payments License by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, based on which it operates eZ Cash, the countries pioneering mobile money service. The Dialog Group also established a position of strength in Sri Lanka's Digital Commerce space through a Joint Venture (Digital Commerce Lanka) encompassing Sri Lanka's leading Daily Deals site Anything.lk and the incumbent e-commerce properties of the Dialog Group wow.lk, ibuy.lk and tradenet.lk.
Dialog remains Sri Lanka's largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totaling over USD 1.5 billion. Dialog is an ISO 9001 certified company and has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award, Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award, and 3 successive GSM World Awards.
Orik Payment Solutions (private) limited is a Sri Lankan based service and solution provider for payments, contactless payments and NFC. While established in 2011 in Sri Lanka, Orik can draw from extended experiences worldwide in numerous roll-outs from its joint venture partners. Orik aims to be the national service provider for payments, mobile payments, NFC based payments and other cards based solutions.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) creates solutions that enable secure connections for a smarter world. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, identification and mobile industries, and in application areas including wireless infrastructure, lighting, healthcare, industrial, consumer tech and computing. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $4.36 billion in 2012. Find out more at www.nxp.com.
Note to Editors
MIFARE and DESFire are trademarks of NXP. All other brands or product names are property of their respective holders.
This document includes forward-looking statements which include statements regarding NXP's business strategy, financial condition, results of operations and market data, as well as other statements that are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except for any ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by the United States federal securities laws, NXP does not have any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after NXP distributes this document, whether to reflect any future events or circumstances or otherwise. For a discussion of potential risks and uncertainties, please refer to the risk factors listed in NXP's SEC filings. Copies of NXP's SEC filings are available from the SEC website, www.sec.gov.
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