From The Nifty Nine Finalists to The Thrilling Three Top Winners: NFC Innovation Award Winners Revealed
Speech Code‘s Talking Labels Help the Blind; Khushi Baby’s Mobile Medical App Enables India’s Clinicians to Monitor Infant Health, and Dimple’s Shortcut Buttons Accelerate Mobile Access
It is said that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas but the NFC Forum turned that maxim on its head today with the unveiling of its three top award winners in its NFC Forum Innovation Awards ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas. Almost 100 of the world’s leading NFC technologists gathered at the member meeting to recognize, cheer and fete nine of the most innovative NFC-enabled product, services and applications of 2016/17. The three overall winners from the nine Finalists were cited and applauded for their innovative use of NFC technology and received NFC Innovation Award trophies.
The event was hosted by NFC Chairman Koichi Tagawa and Vice Chairman Alexander Rensink under the Las Vegas night-time sky. Attendees enjoyed cocktails — including the NXP-tini, concocted in honor of the award ceremony sponsor – hors d’oeuvres and networking. Videos of each of the nine Finalist’s products played in the background while the thrilling three top award winners were honored with trophies. The six Finalists were also recognized and honored for their achievement with a certificate.
The winners and Finalists were selected from almost 100 entries from 34 countries and represent some of the “best of the best” for NFC innovation. Entries were judged on their innovation, commercial potential, and usability as well as on the quality of design and implementation.
The Three Top Award Winners Revealed
SPEECH CODE: “NFC Talking Labels”
Category: Most Innovative NFC Product, Service, or Implementation
Austria-based Speech Code GmbH is the developer of NFC talking labels, the latest generation of data codes for modern smartphones. From signage and retail products to food and beverage packaging, Speech Codes make it easy for people with disabilities, retail shoppers or tourists to use.
KHUSHI BABY “Wearable Health”
Category: Best Mobile App Winner
Winner of the NFC Innovation Awards in the “Best Mobile App” category, Khushi Baby Inc.’s NFC wearable health mobile application uses NFC mobile technology to enable health workers in India to interface with infant medical data through an NFC tag-enabled digital necklace. The patient record data is synced to the cloud and displayed on our analytics dashboard, where insights can be acted upon by health officials. More than just another approach to digitize the record keeping process, the Khushi Baby system presents a novel community engagement platform; it is not just a necklace or a tool used to provide a health service, but also a powerful social symbol and a potential driver of behavioral change.
DIMPLE “Programmable Short Cuts”
Category: Best NFC Startup
Winner of the “Best NFC Startup” category at the NFC Forum Innovation Awards, Dimple Inc.’s NFC tag-based programmable buttons that personalize and streamline a user’s daily tasks. The highly customizable NFC sticker comes with two or four shortcut buttons that can be adhered to the back of an NFC-enabled device. From speed dialing, launching a flashlight or other most-used apps to creating an extra play button or controlling smart home controls, Dimple offers endless personalized options using the phone’s own energy. What’s most important is that the user is the one who chooses the button functionality from making everyday tasks quicker to saving precious time with key apps.
The Six Finalists Honored
Finalists receiving a certificate to honor their achievement include: Blulog (Poland) –NFC-enabled data loggers and NFC-connected boxes for customizing and monitoring temperatures within isothermal packaging; East Japan Railway Company (Japan) – NFC -based mobile payment system, Suica; Apps4Android, Inc., an IDEAL Group company (United States) – NFC-based talking label maker and reader application for people with disabilities; Nestech Corp. (Taiwan) –NFC-based smart lock for home automation and remote management; Kuvée, Inc. (United States) – NFC-enabled, connected wine dispensing system and Talkin’ Things LLC (Poland) – NFC-based global smart packaging system.
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Thank You to Our Esteemed Judges and Sponsors
The NFC Forum would like to give special thanks to the NFC Innovation Awards sponsor, NXP Semiconductors; media partner Contactless Intelligence; and the award judges: ABI Senior Analyst Phil Sealy; APSCA Chairman Greg Pote; Frog Vice President and Head of Venture Design Ethan Imboden; GSMA Terminals Director Paul Gosden; IEEE Council on RFID Professor Dr. Katina Michael; IHS Principal Analyst Don Tait; SapientNitro Vice President Prashant Mehta; Strategy Analytics Director of Wireless Media Strategies Nitesh Patel, and The Smart Card Alliance Executive Director Randy Vanderhoof.
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