On June 2nd, 2020, NXP announced the arrival of their latest addition to the MIFARE® DESFire family of products, MIFARE DESFire EV3.

As the fourth generation of NXP’s proven contactless MIFARE DESFire portfolio, the latest evolution of this chip enables a new array of smart city services, with enhanced performance, higher-level security features and seamless integration of mobile services. It’s these enhanced features and backward compatibility that deliver faster and more secure transactions - making it perfect for accessing offices or campuses, paying for parking and other essential city services, touch-free.

Next Generation Advanced Security

MIFARE DESFire EV3’s vast set of security features enable more ways to protect data and help ensure privacy. Both hardware and software are Common Criteria EAL 5+ certified and the integrated circuit (IC) supports a wide range of open crypto algorithms. This latest evolution of MIFARE DESFire has the edge on security. It features a card generated MAC, that helps to securely authenticate transactions and a new Transaction Timer feature that helps protect against man-in-the-middle attacks so it’s harder for attackers to interfere with a transaction. It additionally features a new Secure Unique NFC (SUN) messaging feature that offers a more secure method for maintaining data confidentiality and integrity. Whenever a card, ticket or mobile is tapped with this feature enabled, a tap-unique authentication message and crypto-secure URL are generated that can be sent over to a server for verification, which makes the tap unclonable.

A Mobile Focus

MIFARE DESFire EV3 will be integrated with the MIFARE 2GO cloud service, which manages digitised MIFARE product-based credentials and helps streamline mobile integration via NXP’s ecosystem. This can enable contactless payments or access features using devices such smart phones, wearables and other mobile devices. MIFARE DESFire EV3 chips are pre-configured with keys to enable delegated application management, which supports over-the-air updates to already issued smart cards using NFC enabled smartphones, making it easier to deploy additional services to existing users.

“With the launch of MIFARE DESFire EV3, NXP is laying the foundation for a new level of connected smart city services that are form factor independent and can be available on a traditional smart card or mobile device,” said Philippe Dubois, Vice President and General Manager of IoT Security and Secure Mobility & Retail at NXP*

Find out more…

As a MIFARE registered partner, Universal Smart Cards are here to answer any questions you may have on this latest product release. So, if you’d like to find out how MIFARE DESFire EV3 could support your application, contact us today and one of our specialists will be happy to help you.

You can also find out more on this new addition to MIFARE DESFire portfolio by reading the product leaflet here.

*Source: https://www.nxp.com/