Philips Semiconductor has won a contract for an e-ticketing system at the Great Wall of China.
The agreement, inked last Friday with the Beijing
Municipal Administration and Communications Card Company, is based on
Philips' Mifare contactless chip technology but this is compatible with
NFC, in accordance with the ISO 14443 A standard for contactless smart
cards and readers. So too is the Felica standard from Sony, the other
main company behind NFC's early development.
The Beijing authorities will be using Philips technology when the city hosts the Olympic Games in four years' time.
"Contactless access at the Great Wall of China will serve as an
important case study for implementation in other venues and events
around China, most notably the Olympics," said Derrick Robinson, senior
research analyst at IMS Research in a statement.
It is hoped the Great Wall deal will from now on mean better visits for
some four million tourists every year, for example by easing queues,
and a return for the authorities who hope to see less fraud and cheaper
systems maintenance as a result.
Tony Hallet of Silicon.com reported from London.