Special Interest Groups

Define market requirements and advocate for NFC use cases across a variety of industries and product sectors. Efforts are open to all members.

The NFC Forum provides an ideal environment for organizations to collaborate on contactless solutions across industries. Ongoing proceedings of all the groups listed below can be found on our (Member Portal)

There are four formal ongoing tracks of work including:

  • Market Requirements
  • Technical
  • Compliance
  • Awareness & Education

Generally, our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) research, monitor, and define market requirements for NFC Forum activities. Use case ideation, proof of concepts, white papers, and other collateral are the primary outputs of these market-facing activities. Participation in Special Interest Groups is open to all members.

Automotive


Activities focus on working with stakeholders across the automotive industry to encourage broad adoption of NFC technology.

Group Chair: Rainer Lutz, NXP Semiconductors

Vice-Chair: Cristian Saracin, Continental Automotive GmbH

Retail & Payment


Retail banking and finance, payments, point-of-sale technology, consumer goods packaging, distribution, merchant, and point-of-sale environments.

Group Chair: Bruno Carpreau, Mastercard

Vice Chair: Ursula Schilling, Infineon

Internet of Things (IoT)


Encouraging broad adoption of NFC technology in the IoT industry.

Group Chair: Zanghee Cho, NXP Semiconductors

Vice Chair: Vijay Narayanan, Infineon Technologies

Secretary: Leigh Dow, Identiv, Inc

Mobility, Identity, and Transport (MIT)


Activities focus on working with stakeholders across the airline industry, mass transit systems (bus, train, and subway), and taxi and limousine sectors.

Group Chair: David Worthington, Visa

Vice Chair: Hisayoshi Endo, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

Japan Task Force


Working with stakeholders this regional market and overcome the challenges of migration from its legacy infrastructure.

Chair: Masao Yamada, Dai Nippon Printing Co.

Healthcare Task Force


Due to of the large number of medical procedures, the necessity of critical care and the various healthcare processes handled in a hospital at any moment, the need for the convenience, security and automation offered by NFC are clear benefits NFC brings to the challenges of the healthcare system.

Group Chair: Open

Vice-Chair: Amir Khoshniyati, Identiv Inc. 

Marketing Roundtable


While not technically a Special Interest Group, this team meets to discuss ways to build awareness and educate the market about NFC Technology and the Forum.

Ongoing Innovation

New groups and sub-groups are formed as needed. All members except Adopter Members receive notification of proposed new Working Groups and are invited to comment before they are formed. Committee and Working Group operations are governed by the Forum’s Rules of Procedure, which also detail the process for draft specifications and final specifications to be submitted for member comments and votes.