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Transport for London to discard Mifare Classic

Thursday 4 March 2010

The authority and its fare-collection operator, TranSys, will begin issuing the new cards soon, likely early this year, when it replaces more than 1 million discount cards for pensioners, called the Freedom Pass. Those cards will have to store both Oyster–which cardholders use to pay fares for buses, underground trains and other modes of transport in London–along with the UK’s standard transit fare-collection application, ITSO.

Transport for London also wants to put its Oyster application with more secure DESFire technology on NFC mobile phones.

Some observers speculate Transport for London chose DESFire over Mifare Plus because it wants to issue multi-application Oyster cards for use at the 2012 Olympics in London or that Mifare Plus would not be ready to use for the new pensioner cards.