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NOL Card goes mobile

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced its partnership with Etisalat & du to launch its first ‚Smart Nol‘ Service for Dubai commuters utilizing public transport. Smart NOL enables smoother travel and accessibility via NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled mobile phones. Commuters can utilize RTA’s Smart NOL technology by placing their mobile devices against the card readers at the passing gates of the metro stations, or validator devices onboard public buses and water buses.



NFC for public transport – how to deal with DESFire?

Today contactless technology is already widespread in public transport. NXP with its products MIFARE Plus (former Mifare Classic) and MIFARE DESFire is the most dominate player besides Sony with FeliCa which is commonly used in Asia.



How will RTA deal with NFC?

RTA is Dubai’s Public Transport Operator. RTA’s NOL Card can be used for transportation on the metro, busses or water taxis. NOL Card can also be used for paying parking fees as well as taxis. Currently there are four different kinds of NOL Cards. Three of them (silver, gold, blue) are based on MIFARE DESFire and act as an e-purse whereas the red one uses MIFARE UltraLight, which can be loaded with 10 trips.



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