Definitive Internet of Things and NFC White Paper Published by NFC Forum

  • Date: June 29, 2016
  • Comprehensive Paper Illustrates How NFC Unlocks Benefits of IoT in the Smart Home

    WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – June 29, 2016 – The NFC Forum announced today the publication of a definitive white paper focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Near Field Communication (NFC) in the smart home. Titled ″Simplifying IoT: Connecting, Commissioning, and Controlling with Near Field Communication – NFC Makes the Smart Home a Reality,″ the white paper outlines the future of IoT devices in the smart home and how NFC will help developers and manufacturers bring the benefits of IoT to where we live, work, and play. It is available for download at no charge.
    In related NFC Forum news, the NFC Forum Consumer Electronics Special Interest Group (SIG) was renamed the IoT Special Interest Group to more accurately describe its future charter and direction.

    Two billion NFC-enabled devices will be in the global market by the end of this year, and this number is expected to grow to almost 40 billion connected devices by 2020. The new white paper describes how consumers can benefit from using NFC as an intuitive interface for devices that lack traditional user interfaces like a keyboard or screen. NFC’s unique “single tap” interface provides a unified and reliable IoT experience in the smart home.

    About Near Field Communication Technology
    NFC technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch. A standards-based connectivity technology, NFC harmonizes today’s diverse contactless technologies, enabling current and future solutions in areas such as access control, consumer electronics, health care, information collection and exchange, loyalty and coupons, payments, and transport. NFC technology is supported by the world’s leading communication device manufacturers, semiconductor producers, network operators, IT and services companies, and financial services organizations. NFC is compatible with hundreds of millions of contactless cards and readers already deployed worldwide.

    About the NFC Forum
    The NFC Forum (www.nfc-forum.org) was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Apple Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.

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