Technical Committee & Working Groups

TC-logoThe NFC Forum’s Technical Committee coordinates the efforts of the six Technical Working Groups, which are the primary member-level forum for technical discussions. The Technical Working Groups have the following range of activity:

  • To summarize and compile existing work of the member companies into specifications
  • To develop additional specifications in the area of NFC transport protocol
  • To develop recommendations for data structures and protocols
  • To create test procedures for compliance testing

The Technical Committee has six Working Groups. Working Group participation is open to all NFC Forum members except Implementer members, with voting rights reserved for designated Sponsor and Principal member representatives, and non-voting status for Associate and Non-profit member representatives.

Technical Committee Chair: Jürgen Böhler, STMicroelectronics

Analog Working Group

The Analog Working Group carries the technical expertise around the Analog specification of the NFC Forum, and is responsible for creating and maintaining this technical specification. The Analog Working Group focuses on the following tasks:

  • Resolve comments received on candidate or approved versions of Analog specifications
  • Create technical specifications which implement requirements that have been approved by the Technical Committee
  • Maintain internal consistency as new or updated specification text is included in each specification
  • Coordinate specification development with other working groups via the Technical Committee

Analog Working Group Chair: Mohammed Ratni, Sony & Andreas Woerle, Infineon

Digital Working Group

The Digital Working Group carries the technical expertise around the Digital Protocol and Activity specifications of the NFC Forum, and is responsible for creating and maintaining the Digital Protocol and Activity technical specifications. Activities of the Digital Working Group include:

  • Resolve comments received on candidate or approved versions of Digital Protocol and Activity specifications
  • Create technical specifications which implement requirements that have been approved by the Technical Committee
  • Maintain internal consistency as new or updated specification text is included in each specification
  • Maintain coherency between all specifications for which it is responsible
  • Coordinate specification development with other working groups via the Technical Committee

Digital Working Group Chair: Dr. Michael Stark, NXP

NFC Devices Working Group

NFC Devices Working Group handles the baseline NFC functionalities, including:

  • Maintain an overall modular architecture of NFC Forum Devices
  • Develop and maintain LLCP, NCI, NDEF, RTD (excluding application specific RTDs), SNEP and Tag specifications
  • Resolve comments received on candidate or approved versions of specifications for which it is responsible
  • Proposes new work items and new technical requirements to the Technical Committee for new interfaces to NFC Forum Device modules
  • Creates new technical specifications which implement technical requirements that have been approved by the Technical Committee

NFC Devices Working Group Chair: Klaus Roehrle, Sony

Reference Applications Framework Technical Working Group

The TWG Reference Applications Framework defines and maintains technical specifications, application documents and recommendations for the main NFC use cases. The objectives of this working group are to:

  • define NDEF encodings for widely applicable generic data formats
  • define NDEF encodings for application specific data formats
  • define NDEF based data exchange protocols for selected applications
  • develop application documents to describe the use of NFC Forum specifications for vertical application domains

Reference Applications Framework Technical Working Group Chair: Daniel Orsatti, STMicroelectronics

Security Technical Working Group

The Security Technical Working Group handles security and data protection issues within the NFC Forum, and provides security-related guidance for all other Forum technical activities. Activities of the Security Working Group include:

  • Defining a modular security architecture for NFC-based communications
  • Providing support and guidance to other working groups on security-related topics
  • Defining common security requirements, and describing threat models relevant to NFC-based communications
  • Defining, as needed, new NFC-related security specifications

In addition, the Security Technical Working Group considers other topics, such as User Interaction, Identity, Privacy, and Simplicity, to determine what, if any, additional work is necessary to address issues in these areas.

Security Technical Working Group Co-Chairs: Tony Rosati, TrustPoint Innovation & Erik Wood, Cypress Semiconductor