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March 26, 2012

Nine Finalists Seek Top Honors in NFC Forum & WIMA’s NFC Global Competition 2012

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – March 26, 2012 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and WIMA, a worldwide event dedicated to NFC technology, today announced the nine finalists in their Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012. Created to recognize the development and deployment of innovative and exemplary NFC solutions around the world, this year’s competition attracted three times as many entries as the previous contest in 2010, showcasing the tremendous growth and interest in NFC implementations.

January 31, 2012

NFC Forum Members to Demonstrate Innovative Solutions at Public Reception in Frankfurt, Feb. 8

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Jan. 31, 2012 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, will host a Solutions Showcase at a reception in Frankfurt, Germany on February 8, where six member companies will demonstrate their NFC-enabled products and services.

January 12, 2012

NFC Forum Members to Showcase Revolutionary Retail Solutions at NRF Event in New York, Jan. 16-17

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Jan. 12, 2012 – The NFC Forum today announced that three of its members – INSIDE Secure, Kovio, and ViVOtech – are demonstrating applications that will change the way consumers with NFC-enabled mobile phones interact with the retail community. The NFC Forum is a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which gives retailers and manufacturers unique one-to-one marketing and loyalty-building opportunities at the point of sale and throughout the retail environment.

January 5, 2012

NFC Forum and WIMA Call for Groundbreaking Entries for “Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012”

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Jan. 5, 2012 – The NFC Forum and WIMA today announced a call for entries to Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012, , recognizing the development and deployment of innovative and exemplary NFC solutions around the world. Co-sponsored by the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and WIMA, a worldwide event dedicated to NFC technology, the competition is expected to attract global entries spanning a diverse range of applications and industries.

December 19, 2011

NFC Forum and Bluetooth SIG Publish Developers Guide to Using NFC for Bluetooth® Pairing

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Dec. 19, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for the development, promotion and protection of the Bluetooth specification, today announced the publication of Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing Using NFC. The new document provides developers with examples of how to implement Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) using NFC to take maximum advantage of both technologies when they are present in the same device. The publication is available for free download.

December 8, 2011

Near Field Communication Forum Welcomes Intel to Board of Directors

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Dec. 8, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Intel Corporation, a world leader in computing innovation, has upgraded from Principal to Sponsor level. Sponsor membership is the highest category, and its privileges include a seat on the NFC Forum Board of Directors, which manages the organization.

October 18, 2011

Continua Health Alliance and the NFC Forum Collaborate to Expand Connectivity, Simplify Data Exchange in Healthcare IT

Beaverton, Ore. – October 18, 2011 – Continua Health Alliance, an industry organization of healthcare and technology companies dedicated to improving the quality of personal healthcare, and the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that they will work together to expand standards-based connectivity technology in the health IT industry. Both Continua and the NFC Forum are proponents of simplifying digital content exchange to establish a system of personal connected health and wellness products and services that enable consumers, caregivers and healthcare providers to more proactively address ongoing healthcare needs. The Co-operation Agreement between the organizations formalizes plans to increase promotion of global wireless telecommunications and Internet standards in the personal connected healthcare domain. The NFC Forum and Continua are exchanging technical information to facilitate the development of related Continua specifications for Personal Healthcare devices. The two organizations will also collaborate to streamline supporting vendor development and certification activities to speed products to market. The NFC Forum, founded in 2004, continues to reach out to leading consortia representing key vertical industries to align work and ensure that standards are being set to meet specific use case needs. The healthcare industry has been one of the earliest adopters of NFC technology and offers many opportunities for innovated NFC-based solutions. Continua’s Tap ‘n Go technology efforts are particularly complementary to the capabilities of NFC. “We look forward to working with our new partners at Continua to synergize our efforts to broaden specification development and offer new, creative, and appealing applications to the vital health IT sectors,” said NFC Forum Chairman Koichi Tagawa.

October 12, 2011

Barclaycard Joins Near Field Communication Forum at Sponsor Level

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Oct. 12, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Barclaycard, a leading global payment business that is part of Barclays, has become a Sponsor member of the organization. Sponsor membership is the highest level, and its privileges include a seat on the NFC Forum Board of Directors, which governs the organization.

September 29, 2011

NFC Forum Advances Seamless Data Exchange and Simplifies Development with Publication of 16th Specification

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Sept. 29, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has released its 16th specification, the Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol (SNEP). SNEP is an application-level protocol suitable for sending or receiving messages between two NFC-enabled devices. The new SNEP specification is available to the public for download at no charge.

July 12, 2011

Near Field Communication Forum Establishes Partnerships with Three Industry Associations: APSCA, ARTS, and the Open Mobile Alliance

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – July 12, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, announced today that it has signed agreements to work collaboratively with organizations representing three different industries: the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA), theAssociation for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), a division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), and theOpen Mobile Alliance.

June 21, 2011

Near Field Communication Forum Announces New Vice Chairman, James Anderson of MasterCard Worldwide

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – June 21, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced a newly elected Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors, James Anderson of MasterCard Worldwide. The organization also announced that Mr. Anderson and NFC Forum Director Debbie Arnold will serve as panelists at the MPA Digital: Technology conference in New York on June 23.

June 9, 2011

Smart Card Alliance and the NFC Forum Partner to Launch First NFC-Focused Event in U.S.

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., JUNE 7, 2011 – The Smart Card Alliance and the NFC Forum will co-host an event focused on Near Field Communication (NFC) in spring 2012, the two organizations announced today. The NFC conference, the first in the United States, will focus on the state of the technology for NFC, NFC devices and add-ons, NFC ecosystem development, use cases for NFC-enabled applications (both payment and non-payment), NFC implementation, and North America and international markets for NFC.

June 6, 2011

NFC Forum and Yankee Group to Produce Executive Summit at 4G World 2011

June 6, 2011, Boston, MA – Yankee Group today announced that the NFC Forum has signed on as a Premier Association Sponsor of this year’s 4G World conference and expo, and that the two firms are jointly developing an exclusive, one-day summit, collated at the conference, entitled “NFC: Enabling New Revenue Opportunities.”

April 14, 2011

Near Field Communication Forum Publishes White Paper on NFC Smart Posters

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – April 14, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has published a White Paper about developing and deploying NFC Smart Posters, subtitled “How to use NFC tags and readers to create interactive experiences that benefit both consumers and businesses.” The paper is available for download at no charge from here.

March 31, 2011

Near Field Communication Forum Announces 32 New Members

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – March 31, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Google, Inc. is joining the organization as a Principal member. CSR and Intel, formerly Associate Members, have raised their membership status to the Principal level. Since its founding in 2004, the NFC Forum has drawn market-leading organizations from around the world to its membership roster as momentum builds for the adoption and implementation of Near Field Communication technology.

January 20, 2011

Near Field Communication Forum Publishes White Paper on Use of NFC in Public Transport

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Jan. 20, 2011 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has published a White Paper entitled “NFC in Public Transport,” which is available for download free of charge from here.

December 7, 2010

NFC Forum Publishes Four Technical Specifications; Brings Total Number of Available Specifications to 15

PARIS – December 7, 2010 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced the publication of four technical specifications that further define the modular architecture and interoperability parameters for NFC devices and protocols. The NFC Forum, which made the announcement at Cartes & IDentification in Paris, has now developed and adopted a total of 15 specifications. The specifications are key to the functionality and interoperability of solutions based on NFC technology. All of the specifications are available to the public for download at no charge.

December 7, 2010

NFC Forum Reaches Major Milestone with Launch of Certification Program

PARIS – December 7, 2010 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today formally unveiled its Certification Program at Cartes & IDentification in Paris. The NFC Forum Certification Program gives device manufacturers a means of establishing their products’ compliance with the NFC Forum’s technical specifications.

October 6, 2010

Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum Announces San Francisco Spotlight Session for Developers

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Oct. 6, 2010 – The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org), a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that it is holding a one-day Spotlight Session for Developers from 10AM to 4PM on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. This is one in a continuing series of events that brings application developers face to face with top NFC experts to gain practical knowledge, pursue networking opportunities, and get hands-on training.

June 21, 2010

NFC Forum Global Competition 2010 Winners Announced

KARLSHAMN, Sweden – June 21, 2010 – The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced the winners of the NFC Forum Global Competition 2010. The winning entries were named at an awards ceremony held tonight at the NFC Forum all-member meeting in Karlshamn, Sweden.

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