US Department of Transportation adds NXP Secure Authentication and Identification Technology to Smart City Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas, May 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will expand its partnership with NXP® Semiconductors to include secure authentication and identification solutions to its Smart City Challenge. The competition will provide funding to transform the winning city into the country’s first metropolis to fully integrate innovative technologies. The NXP contribution to the Smart City Challenge now includes long-range, secure private RFID tagging for automatic vehicle identification and road safety systems as well as smart card ICs to secure admission to transportation, access control, retail and other municipal services. This follows a previous Smart City Challenge announcement which revealed NXP will provide vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology.

The expanded support from NXP follows DOT’s recent announcement that seven cities were selected as finalist to the challenge. The seven Smart City Challenge finalists include Portland, Kansas City, Columbus, San Francisco, Denver, Austin and Pittsburgh. These finalists will now compete for $40 million to be awarded to one city in June 2016.

The winning city will also receive technology and support from NXP and other supporting vendors to help them successfully implement their winning vision.

“In competitions like the Smart City Challenge, everyone’s a winner,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This competition promotes tackling some of the most challenging transportation issues through technological innovation and a forward-thinking spirit for better societies while tapping into cultural trends such as smarter ways to connect citizens to their government. We are excited to add this layer of trusted technology in our smart city program and ambition to build a more connected, smart city in the interest of citizens, consumers, business and the government.”

“For the smart city aiming to link public transportation and mobility with its intelligent identification system to create more value to people and government, we are the perfect match. With NXP innovations like V2X, the contactless technology or Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions, we provide smart, secure and convenient platforms on which to build reliable and flexible services for a smarter world,” said Rick Clemmer, CEO and President at NXP. “The smart city challenge is a world leading initiative and a bold step towards the future of smart connected public services. We are proud to be part of it.”

The Smart City Challenge is designed to show what is possible when communities use technology to connect transportation assets into an interactive network, the Smart City Challenge will concentrate federal resources into one medium-sized city, selected through a nationwide competition. Funding of up to $40 million will go to the mid-sized city to demonstrate how advanced data and ITS technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, connect underserved communities, and support economic vitality.

NXP is a recognized innovation leader for RFID technology and a trusted partner for smart cards ICs. Its secure smart card ICs account for more than 80 percent of all contactless ticketing credentials in 750 cities worldwide. NXP’s smart card ICs can provide cities a flexible, open, easy to integrate foundation and future-proof roadmap for onboarding of new services enabled by online, account-based solutions.

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