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Inside powers first contact-less public transit payments in Latin America

Inside Contactless, a provider of open-standard contact-less chip technologies, has announced that its MicroPass 4003 contact-less intelligent payment processor is powering the MasterCard PayPass contact-less payment technology recently launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Housed in convenient key-fob form and employing a dedicated antenna design, the MicroPass 4003 is the first contact-less payment technology introduced in Latin America that people can use to pay their fare on public transportation systems.

Credicard MasterCard cardholders in Rio de Janeiro can use their MicroPass-powered key fobs to quickly and easily pay at the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) lift, Supervia train stations, UCI cinemas, McDonald's fast food restaurants and Estapar/Riopark parking lots throughout the city, and they will soon be able to use them on the Rio de Janeiro Metro system.

Redecard, the Brazilian acquiring company, plans to add more PayPass merchant acceptance locations in the near future. "Since its introduction last fall, these key fobs have enjoyed wide

acceptance, especially amongst the city's younger cardholders, and we are already preparing the next shipment of inlays to keep up with the demand,” said Bertrand Moussel, Executive Vice-President of Sales, EMEA and Latin America at Inside Contactless. "We worked closely with Giesecke & Devrient to develop the key-fob and to create a product that will enhance the user experience through the speed and convenience of contact-less technology."

G&D's key-fobs are manufactured using a specially designed inlay based upon the MicroPass 4003 contactless payment platform, which was designed from the ground up to support MasterCard PayPass contact-less payment applications, and employs a special high-performance antenna design that fits within the small form factor.

Rio de Janeiro was chosen for the Brazil launch because of its robust infrastructure, dynamic and young population and its appeal as a key tourist destination - particularly from countries where PayPass is already widely used, such as Europe, Canada and the USA.

"Inside Contactless is a reliable technology partner with vast experience which has been providing the high-performance, certified contact-less payment solution for this key fob form factor to our manufacturing facility in Brazil," said Karina Prado Dannias, Sales Director, Payment and New Business at Giesecke & Devrient.  "Through our partnership, we have been able to deliver this innovative solution to Credicard MasterCard cardholders in Rio de Janeiro and help make their transit and other payments more convenient."

* Inside Contactless has delivered more than 350 million contact-less platforms worldwide, and its contact-less payment and Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions power the next generation of payment, transit, identity and access control applications. Inside's work in contact-less standards and its 65 families of patents, including essential NFC patents, play a leading role in establishing industry direction. Inside is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, with offices in Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Warsaw, Seoul, and San Francisco.

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