The third evolution of NXP’s MIFARE DESFire portfolio, this IC is backwards compatible and offers enhanced performance with a greater operating distance and improved transaction speed. In combination with advanced security features, it is able to deliver faster, more secure contactless transactions - all touch-free.
NXP’s IC provides multi-application support and delivers a wide array of enhanced features that allows transit agencies, access control solution providers, and system integrators to collaborate on new business models and scale their services.
An extensive set of security features in the MIFARE DESFire EV3 IC provide more ways to protect data and help ensure privacy, according to NXP. The IC hardware and software are certified to Common Criteria EAL 5+, and the IC supports a broad choice of open crypto algorithms. A card generated MAC helps to securely authenticate transactions, and a new Transaction Timer feature helps mitigate man-in-the-middle attacks so it’s harder for an attacker to interfere with the transaction. A new Secure Unique NFC (SUN) messaging feature offers a more secure method for maintaining data confidentiality and integrity. Each time a card, phone or ticket is tapped with the SUN featured enabled, a tap-unique authentication message and crypto-secure URL are generated that can be sent to a server for verification, which makes taps unclonable.
Support for MIFARE DESFire EV3 will be integrated into NXP’s MIFARE 2GO cloud service, which manages digitized MIFARE product-based credentials and helps streamline mobile integration via NXP’s ecosystem. With this, smart city services can be seamlessly deployed to NFC-enabled smartphones, wearables and other mobile devices.
“With the launch of MIFARE DESFire EV3, NXP is laying the foundation for a new level of connected smart city services that are form factor independent and can be available on a traditional smart card or mobile device,” said Philippe Dubois, Vice President and General Manager of IoT Security and Secure Mobility & Retail at NXP. “The security features of the IC help prevent fraud and theft and, combined with its ability to support a broad range of applications, the IC paves the way for managing many other smart city services beyond transit and access control.”
For simplified deployment, each MIFARE DESFire EV3 IC is pre-configured with keys to enable delegated application management, which supports seamless, over-the-air updates to already deployed smart cards using NFC-enabled smartphones.
In addition, NXP’s upcoming MIFARE Plus EV2 IC will provide a drop-in replacement for upgrading existing MIFARE Plus and MIFARE Classic product-based installations to higher security.