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How Do Contactless Smart Transit Cards Work and Are They Secure

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One of the biggest trends in public transportation is the implementation of smart transport cards, and most of transport cards use the principle of smart cards

Smart card, chip card, or integrated circuit card (ICC), is any pocket-sized card that has embedded integrated circuits. RFID smart cards are made of plastic, generally polyvinyl chloride, but sometimes polyethylene-terephthalate-based polyesters, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene or polycarbonate. Smart cards can be contact, contactless, or both. They can provide personal identification, authentication, data storage, and application processing. Smart cards may provide strong security authentication for single sign-on (SSO) within organizations.

These RFID cards contain a smart card chip, a tiny computer that can store the card’s value, and more, depending on how they are implemented. These RFID cards are being rolled out globally, largely in Europe, Asia, and the United States. China, the United Kingdom and Japan have successfully deployed millions of these RFID cards with contactless functionality, called Octopus, Oyster, and Suica cards, respectively.

Contactless smart transport cards are very simple to use. The card’s smart card chip is a tiny computer that works with the fare payment system to keep track of your remaining ticketing value. The “contactless” functionality of your smart RFID card allows it to make a wireless connection with a reader.  You simply hold your RFID card up to a reader, your fare is paid, and you can go on your way.  It is faster, easier and more convenient.

Contactless smart transport cards, together with the fare payment network behind them, deliver very high levels of security for you.  Your RFID transport card is, in most cases, anonymous, so no one can glean any information about you from the RFID smart card. In addition, because contactless smart transport cards contain many layers of security, it would be nearly impossible for someone to counterfeit and use it.

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