Near Touch Technologies

- Secure & Reliable -

Technologies we've included as near touch are those designed to work with less than 15cm (6in) of space between the tag and reader. This highly restrictive read distance makes these technologies ideal for situations where you want absolute assurance; such as access control, payment and industrial machine operation / verification.


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 Used by over 750 cities to provide services

 Over 10 billion ICs shipped

 77% transport ticketing market share

 Over 1,000 MIFARE community partners

ISO 14443 MIFARE read distance 1.6 inches

ISO 14443 MIFARE integrated security 128bit AES

ISO 14443 MIFARE user memory up to 8 kilobits

Arguably one of the most used RFID technologies, MIFARE can be found in many transit payment systems, building access controls, and event tickets globally. You've probably already used one of the over 10 billion MIFARE tags sold without knowing it.

The broad appeal to this technology is that it offers cost saving opportunities, flexibility, increased control, and self-service models. The ISO 14443 standard being part of the NFC standard also allows developing technologies like using smartphones for identification to integrate with existing systems without undertaking expensive retrofits.

NXP has 4 familes of MIFARE products designed to meet different needs.

MIFARE Classic keeps less security focused and legecy systems going.
MIFARE Plus adds AES security and seamless upgrading from MIFARE classic.
MIFARE Ultralite is ideal for low-cost, high-volume applications.
MIFARE DESFire EVI and EV2 provide the highest level of security.


Near Field Communication (NFC)

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NFC Facts

Over 300 million phones have NFC capabilities

NFC Forum was founded by Nokia, Philips and Sony in 2004

The NFC Forum now has over 150 member organizations

NFC read distance 1.6 inches

NFC does not have integrated security. This is handled in other layers.

NFC user memory up to 8 kilobits

A rising star in the payment processing industry due to it's inclusion in most mobile devices. This is the technology behind Apple Pay, Google Pay & Samsung Pay. Of course this chip is highly protected on these devices to prevent abuse.

The prevalance of NFC readers has also lead to it's inclusion in advertising. Just like QR codes, NFC tags are now being embedded into posters, event tickets, and other items to allow easy downloading of photos, contact information or maps.

There are 3 operating modes for NFC.

Emulation where your phone emulates a NFC tag
Reader/Writer allows the device asking for information
Peer-to-Peer mode allows devices to share information between them or pair.


ISO 15693 / ISO 18000-3 - ICODE

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Three user keys for tag authentication and/or mutual authentication

Separate privilege levels to tag data

Can set a maximum authication limit for each user key

Included in NFC-V (NFC v5) standard

15693 read distance 4 inches +

15693 integrated security 128bit AES

15693 user memory up to 2528 bits

An open standard backed by NXP (Philips), the makers of MIFARE. They have brought some of the security of MIFARE into ICODE, and added the ability for some tags to hold EPC codes, or store information in their user memory.

NXP created ICODE to combat the global issue of counterfeiting in markets such as luxury shoes, accessories, pharmaceutical, and consumer electronics. Sitting between the limited range of MIFARE or NFC and the large range of EPC it provides automation possibilities along production lines..

They further advanced the technology for use in;

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), with read ranges of up to 6' (1.9m) given the right configuration.
Document Trackingwith it's recordable mutual authentication verifying document hand off
Consumer engagement with it's user programmable originality signature