Chip powering the single use Montreal subway tickets

From Ken Shirriff’s blog:

To use the Montreal subway (the Métro), you tap a paper ticket against the turnstile and it opens. The ticket works through a system called NFC, but what’s happening internally? How does the ticket work without a battery? How does it communicate with the turnstile? And how can it be so cheap that you can throw the ticket away after one use? To answer these questions, I opened up a ticket and examined the tiny chip inside.

We owe our advancement as a species to whoever turned complex manufacturing of circuits to mere printing.





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