Skip to main content


MIFARE® cards are contactless smart cards that enable us to connect the world and improve our lifestyles by making our lives easier and more convenient and enabling us to experience services like never before, while using resources more efficiently and securely.


Areas of application for MIFARE® cards

Due to their versatility, contactless smart cards can be used for a wide range of applications. MIFARE® cards offer a wide range of options for personalizing the technology. With the MIFARE® system, you can personalize your mobile devices and tickets and enhance customer experiences. The MIFARE® system offers various options such as instant notification on every interaction or playing out personalized content – all with just one scan.

MIFARE® cards can already be found in many areas of daily life because they are small, independent, robust, easy to use and very secure at the same time. Thanks to these features, MIFARE® cards can be used anytime and anywhere. In many cities, they are already accepted in public transport or in retail. Employee or visitor IDs and customer cards are other classic, already established areas of MIFARE® technology. In the future, however, MIFARE® cards will find their way into our everyday lives in many more ways. With the increasing use of mobile-based payment, this technology is becoming more and more popular, enabling people all over the world to transfer their money quickly and securely or to store and retrieve payment information.

This allows businesses and organizations to simultaneously increase convenience for their users as well as improve efficiency. It also allows companies to improve customer service by storing and retrieving information about customer transactions to improve customer service and resolve issues faster. Customer experience is becoming increasingly relevant, which means that companies need to invest more in user-friendly systems to differentiate themselves from the competition.

More recently, MIFARE® has also found its way into many other areas, particularly the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices need to communicate frequently with other devices and the connection must be fundamentally secure. MIFARE® allows IoT devices to communicate with each other via contactless connectivity, ensuring data security – something that would not be possible without this technology.

For more than 10 years, CAIRON has been supplying MIFARE® cards for admission control and school catering billing for all schools in a central European country.

MIFARE cards and keychain

Basics of MIFARE® technology

MIFARE® is a cryptographic system used to authenticate users and devices in RFID systems. It is based on the comparison of two number strings, each consisting of a prime number and a checksum. Authentication can be established by comparing the two number strings. MIFARE® is particularly secure because there is no copy of the keys. Each card contains its own key chain, which is stored only on that card. MIFARE® has several security features such as AES-128 encryption, 3DES encryption, authentication and other features that make it difficult or impossible for unauthorized persons to access your data. This means that your data is protected when the MIFARE® system is used. This makes MIFARE® ideal for RFID systems that require security and reliability. For maximum counterfeit protection, various features such as guilloche printing or holograms can of course be integrated onto your cards.

MIFARE® with contactless RFID technology are particularly convenient to use: unlike conventional magnetic stripe cards, which store all data on the card itself, MIFARE® DESFire cards store most of the data decentrally on a central server. This means that MIFARE® DESFire cards do not have to be physically swiped through a reader to be read. Instead, MIFARE® DESFire cards can simply be swiped past the card reader at a distance of approximately 10 to 40 cm to read the card. MIFARE® can transmit data in less than a second, making it an excellent system for minimizing access and transaction time. This makes MIFARE® cards one of the most advanced and secure solutions for contactless RFID applications.

One of the main reasons for their popularity is that MIFARE® DESFire cards are extremely secure. They use advanced encryption methods to ensure that all data exchanged between the card and reader is protected from unauthorized access or tampering. This makes them ideal for use in sensitive applications such as payment systems or government identification programs.

Overall, MIFARE® DESFire is an extremely versatile smart card solution that offers many advantages over conventional magnetic stripe cards. It is fast, secure and easy to implement, making it an ideal choice for almost any application that requires a contactless card solution.

MIFARE® Classic offers a long service life with low power consumption and maintenance costs. With the right design and implementation, the technology can be used for decades without incurring maintenance costs or having to replace batteries. This makes it easier for companies to justify the investment in RFID while achieving cost savings.

Future outlook for MIFARE® technologies

MIFARE® cards are already a widely used payment method that has changed our world and will continue to do so. Due to its versatility and simplicity, MIFARE® cards can be used in a myriad of applications, giving this powerful technology a lot of potential for businesses of all sizes. It offers high security and fast transmission speeds while saving costs. It also allows the system to be personalized according to the needs of the business, which means it can be easily customized to meet specific requirements.

Integration & cost of MIFARE® systems

MIFARE® offers a cost-effective solution for many use cases, so it is used in many modern systems, even and especially today. Since MIFARE® does not require a large investment, you can increase your business success with a MIFARE® system in a short time.

MIFARE® supports multiple operating systems and platforms, allowing users to cost-effectively integrate and manage the system without expensive development efforts. With its customizable software architecture supported by Android as well as iOS devices, for example, the system can be used in many ways to meet specific needs. Cost savings on hardware purchases is also an advantage of the system. There is no need to buy expensive hardware components or pay licensing fees to third parties. The cost savings compared to other payment or control systems when implementing the system is significant.

MIFARE® solutions from CAIRON

No matter what your company’s requirements are: CAIRON offers you the full range of MIFARE® products – from the popular and affordable MIFARE® Classic 1K to the high-performance MIFARE® DESfire® EV1, which is available in sizes up to 8K. Depending on your needs, we supply MIFARE® cards as blank blanks or printed and personalized to your specifications.

Would you like to benefit from MIFARE® technology and are you looking for a reliable partner to jump over your hurdles in the MIFARE® field? Then contact us without obligation, we will be happy to advise you.


Some of our customer references