USDoT adds NXP contactless technology to its Smart City Challenge

USDoT adds NXP contactless technology to its Smart City Challenge

The U.S. Smart City Initiative is a world leading initiative and we are proud to contribute to its success. As a partner of the U.S. DOT we will be assisting the winning city in realizing their vision of a smart 21st century city.

SmartCityChallengeFinalistsMapWhen the seven finalist cities – Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Francisco – were announced in March, NXP also announced that it was providing V2X technology to make transportation smarter.

And now, we’ve announced that we’re broadening our support of the challenge with NXP contactless technology, including RFID tagging solutions and smart card ICs.

How can contactless smartcard IC technology make a city infrastructure smart?
NXP’s innovations in contactless technology will help the winning city to provide convenient multi-modal transportation services beyond common public transport including bike-sharing, car-sharing, e-charging and parking. A single secure credential – be it a MIFARE card, a wristband, a smart e-ID or a mobile phone can allow citizens to use multiple services. The reader infrastructure can handle all that and enable smart cities to further enhance their service offering through a multi-application platform.

What can long range RFID tags do for smart cities?
Secure long range RFID tags integrated in license plates make automatic vehicle identification easier for governments and road users. Cars do not need to stop to pay tolls, they don’t even need to slow down. Also road safety systems profit from this secure long range solution.

The winning city might also want to include secure connected vehicles, self-driving or not, will they be sensing their environment and communicating with it. Made possible by NXP technology, cars can detect vulnerable road users and react to them as well as traffic lights can report and react to traffic flows. City management is gaining data and knowledge in real time. NXP’s security architecture enables a robust communication platform thus shielding infrastructure and critical data from cyberattacks.

As each city has its own unique traits and requirements, NXP is looking forward to working on them and providing solutions that support the winning city in realizing their vision and providing citizens a range of secure convenient services in a smarter and greener city. Third party partners will also contribute to provide the city with technology, know-how and state of the art solutions.

Christian Lackner
Christian Lackner
Christian, Business Segment Manager Smart Mobility, is responsible for NXP’s activities in creating solutions for cities to become greener and smarter places to live, facilitating efficient and safe mobility. Christian has a lot of experience in directing product solutions for new co-operations between banks, governments, players in mobile and the vast number of service providers in the MIFARE® ecosystem. When Christian joined NXP Semiconductors in 2000 as a software engineer, he was significantly involved in the creation of a new smart card generation with a flexible file and access management system. In 2006, Christian accepted the role of a software department manager leading a team of engineers developing software solutions for smart cards in the area of banking, eGovernment and Automated Fare Collection. In addition, he is also NXP’s board member within the MIFARE4Mobile® industry group ( and was appointed as chairman in 2013.

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