Published: 5th November 2015, Munich, Germany
Barcelona is Spain’s second largest urban area and according to Juniper Research one of the smartest cities in 2015. The new “T-Mobilitat” electronic fare collection system will further improve urban mobility. Infineon Technologies AG supplies the security chips for the “T-Mobilitat” infrastructure – for both the chip-based tickets, that work contactless, as well as validators based on the advanced security standard CIPURSE.
The approximately five million inhabitants of Barcelona and its surroundings will benefit in several ways: The “T-Mobilitat” smart card will provide all-in-one access to the city’s transport network including Barcelona’s metro system, bus or any other transportation means. All limited use paper tickets such as the popular T-10 ticket package will also be replaced by more convenient chip-based solutions. In addition, “T-Mobilitat” will also enable a user to rent a bicycle at the train station or pay at toll barriers on motorways. In the long run, Catalonia’s entire mobility will be powered by chip technology.
The metropolitan transportation authority ATM (Autoritat del Transport Metropolità) will start switching the electronic ticketing system of the metropolitan region of Barcelona from magnetic stripe cards to chip-based tickets in 2016. In the second phase, the system will also be rolled out into the region of Catalonia. The “T-Mobilitat” ticket is issued as a transport app or an all-in-one ticket in the form of a smart card. Here, user data is stored on the Infineon CIPURSE Security Controller. With this product, Infineon is the first certified supplier to ATM for the “T-Mobilitat” project.
The decision by the ATM in Barcelona marks an important milestone in the global launch of the new CIPURSE security standard of the OSPT Alliance. CIPURSE can work alongside existing individual solutions so there is the possibility of modernizing entire systems seamlessly and gradually. Another advantage is that the security standard is also designed for mobile devices such as NFC-enabled cellular phones or smart watches.