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Oberthur Technologies Provides AIS in Thailand, with MIFARE DESFire™ Technology, Embedded in New Generation NFC SIM Cards for Public Transportation

Oberthur Technologies, one of the world’s largest providers of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies, has been selected by Advanced Info Service Plc. (AIS), the largest telecom operator in Thailand, to provide their secure, contactless technology MIFARE DESFire™¹ embedded in an NFC SIM card, for public transportation and shopping in Bangkok.

This state-of-the-art NFC SIM card with embedded MIFARE DESFire™ technology, DragonFly, is being launched for the first time in Asia with AIS, and will enable a mobile phone to be used as an e-purse to pay for public transportation and goods in Bangkok. Service users can also directly top-up credit on their SIM card and check both their balance and transaction history using their mobile phones.

Thanks to Oberthur Technologies’ new NFC SIM card range and its embedded MIFARE DESFire™ technology, the end-user benefits from greater convenience and his trust and loyalty towards the mobile operator is reinforced.

This new generation of NFC SIM card, boasts increased speed, security and convenience as well as best-in-class certifications and an integrated anti-virus. The dragonFly also allows rich applications to be embarked on the SIM.

This pilot launch in Asia is a technical demonstration of Oberthur Technologies’ and AIS’ capabilities to provide the latest transport ticketing and e-purse technology within an NFC SIM card to service users.

Mr.Supreecha Limpikanjanakowit, Managing Director at ADVANCED MPAY Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of AIS said “We were really impressed by the reactivity of Oberthur Technologies’ NFC SIM cards. The major decision for us to select Oberthur Technologies was dragonFly’s speed because it is key for transport, in order to offer to our customers a best-in-class experience”.

“Oberthur Technologies is a historical supplier of SingTel Group; this technological first reinforces our relationship. The extended capabilities of the dragonFly new SIM opens doors to a whole new range of mobile contactless services”, said Cédric Collomb, Managing Director of the Telecom Business Unit at Oberthur Technologies.

¹ MIFARE DESFire™: Registered trademark of NXP B.V.

About AIS
Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS) or “ADVANC” was established in 1989, and is today the largest mobile operator in Thailand with more than 35 million subscribers and 97% nationwide coverage. The company and its subsidiaries operate varied telecommunication related businesses, including a mobile network operator, an international direct dialling service, a data communications service, a call centre service, sales and distribution of handsets and a SIM card, refill cards and payment service
For more information: www.ais.co.th

About Oberthur Technologies
Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies: systems development, solutions and services for smart cards (payment cards, SIM cards, access cards, NFC…) and for secure identity documents, traditional and electronic (identity card, passport, health care card). Created in 1984, Oberthur Technologies employs over 6 000 employees. With 50 sales offices across 5 continents, Oberthur Technologies’ international network serves clients in 140 countries.
For more information: www.oberthur.com

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