UPM Raflatac, a leading manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, announced today that it has been selected to supply RFID inlays for contactless passenger tickets on the Moscow Metro. UPM Raflatac will supply inlays in cooperation with Moscow-based Comvision Russland for ticket converting at JSC Mikron.


The Moscow Metro is one of the world's most heavily used metro systems, carrying 8.2 million passengers on a normal weekday. The RFID inlays provided by UPM Raflatac will replace the cards with magnetic stripe Moscow Metro is currently using for tickets with a fixed number of journeys. For seasonal tickets, the Moscow Metro is already using contactless RFID smart cards which enable significantly faster entry for passengers. The Moscow Metro was the first metro system in Europe to implement smart cards together with a new type of magnetic card in 1998.


In the first stage, the monthly usage of UPM Raflatac HF inlays based on the Mifare Ultralight standard will be 5 million pieces. After a transitional period at the end of summer 2007, usage will rise to approximately 30 million inlays per month.


"Mass transit ticketing is one of the biggest application areas for HF RFID. Being chosen by the leading metro system clearly demonstrates that our HF inlays have the quality and performance required in mass transit." comments Marcus Vaenerberg, Vice President of Sales, RFID, at UPM Raflatac.



About UPM Raflatac

UPM Raflatac is a world-leading supplier of pressure sensitive labelstock for a wide variety of needs in product and information labeling. In addition, the company is at the global forefront in the development and high-volume production of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac has around 2,300 employees and annual sales of EUR 987 million in 2006. The company has a global service network consisting of 11 factories on five continents and a broad network of terminals and sales offices worldwide. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com