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For release: 06 Oct 2010

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

One-day Educational Conference on NFC Technology to Take Place November 5, 2010

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Oct. 6, 2010 – The NFC Forum (https://www.https://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.

Over the course of the day, attendees will:

    • Learn about the market for NFC, sample use cases already deployed in more than 100 projects around the world and highlights of NFC Forum Global Competition winners

 

    • Hear about the status of the NFC Forum technical specifications, learn how they fit into the overall architecture, and get a preview of new work on application development

 

    • Preview the upcoming certification program

 

    • Receive hands-on training on developer tools and APIs available for creating NFC applications on Nokia devices

 

    • Receive an overview of the Android NFC API from a roundtable of industry leaders

 

  • Hear from a panel of experts about best practices based on recent implementations

Program participants include:

Presenters: Peter Preuss of Nokia, NFC Forum Marketing Committee Chair; Ian Keen of Broadcom, NFC Forum Technical Committee Co-Chair; Stephen Tiedemann of Sony, NFC Forum Reference Applications Framework Technical Working Group Chair; and Matt Ronning of Sony, NFC Forum Compliance Committee Chair.

Hands-on training for Nokia devices: Jure Sustersic of Nokia

Android NFC API roundtable: Peter Coster of Toppan Forms; Agnes Revel of INSIDE Contactless; Charles Dachs of NXP; Jürgen Böhler of STMicroelectronics; Christian Andresen of Stollmann; and Nicolas Ponsini of Trusted Logic.

Best practices panel: Shishir Gupta of ST-Ericsson; Mohammad Khan of ViVOtech; Stuart Fiske of Consult Hyperion; Gavin Shenker of Visa; and Adam Flis of Adamsoft.

“Application development and deployment are fundamental to building the NFC ecosystem and driving business and consumer demand,” said Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum. “The Spotlight Session for Developers accelerates this process by giving attendees direct access to the latest techniques and ideas from the world’s leading NFC experts.”

The Spotlight Session takes place during the NFC Forum all-members meeting in San Francisco, November 1-5. During the week-long event, representatives from the 130 NFC Forum member organizations converge to advance initiatives focused on bringing Near Field Communication-enabled products and services to market. Held three times a year in locations around the world, the face-to-face meetings give NFC Forum committee, working group, and task force members the opportunity to meet in more than 40 working sessions.

Attendance at the NFC Forum Spotlight Session for Developers is open to all NFC application developers and those interested in learning more about the latest developments in NFC from the organization driving standards. Costs for the event, including lunch, are as follows: USD $75 for NFC Forum members; USD $250 for non-members; and USD $50 for students.

Detailed information about the Spotlight Session for Developers and online registration are available here.

Platinum Sponsor of the Spotlight Session is INSIDE Contactless; Gold Sponsors are Forum Nokia and NXP; Silver Sponsors are Clear2Pay, Sony Corporation, and WIMA. The Spotlight Session also features exciting, new NFC-based applications showcased by sponsors.

About INSIDE Contactless
INSIDE Contactless leads the market in open-standard contactless innovation. The company has delivered more than 400 million contactless platforms worldwide, and its contactless payment and Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions power the next generation of payment, transit, identity and access control applications. INSIDE’s work in contactless standards and its 65 families of patents, including essential NFC patents, play a leading role in establishing industry direction. INSIDE is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, with offices in Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Warsaw, Seoul and San Francisco. For more information, please visit https://www.insidecontactless.com.

About Forum Nokia
Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia, connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at https://www.forum.nokia.com.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors NV (Nasdaq: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD $3.8 billion in 2009. For more information, visit https://www.nxp.com.

About Clear2Pay NV
Clear2Pay is an innovative financial technology company focused on delivering globally applicable solutions for secure, timely electronic payments. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the company facilitates banks and financial organizations in their provision of payments services. Clear2Pay’s technology helps to reduce transactions processing costs, and to deliver new, compelling payment services in a competitive way. Clear2Pay’s payment solutions offer organisations easy, branded ways for their customers to pay online: from complex trade-supporting business-to-business environments, through e-commerce applications, to retail payments and remittance services across the widest possible choice of channels. In addition, the company markets Integri test tools for end-to-end validation of payment, ticketing and mobile applications. For more information, please visit https://www.clear2pay.com.

About Sony
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately USD $78 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. Sony Global website: https://www.sony.net/.

FeliCa is the contactless IC card technology developed by Sony Corporation. Offering the highest transaction speed in the industry, the secure RFID communication has been extensively deployed by public transport operators and enhanced to offer a range of value-add applications including e-cash and loyalty. With more than 467 million contactless cards and FeliCa-enabled wallet mobile phones issued (as of June 2010). FeliCa brings convenience to daily life in Japan, Hong Kong and other countries. With greater adoption of FeliCa in a range of consumer electronic products and NFC-enabled devices, FeliCa continues to innovate and expand its offering to the contactless world. For more information, please visit https://www.sony.net/Products/felica.

About WIMA
WIMA 5th Global NFC Applications Products & Services Congress will take place from 19 to 21 April 2011 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The leading global Conference & Exhibition exclusively dedicated to NFC technology brings together industry leaders, start-up companies, application developers, product manufacturers, service providers, standards organisations, government bodies and research & educational institutions to its annual event in Monaco. Presenting an exhibition and demonstration floor packed with the latest, most innovative NFC applications, products and services, parallel Business & Technical conference streams featuring an NFC Forum track, NFC Research Track, hands on in-depth technical trainings and workshops and the latest use cases from around the globe. Excellent NFC networking guaranteed.https://www.wima-nfc.com.

About Near Field Communication Technology
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a standards-based, short-range wireless connectivity technology that enables simple and safe two-way interactions between electronic devices. NFC technology allows consumers to perform contactless transactions, access digital content, and connect devices with the simplicity of a single touch.

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology provides global interoperability of contactless identification and interconnection technologies. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a typical distance of a few centimeters. The underlying layers of NFC technology are based on ISO, ECMA, and ETSI standards. 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, https://www.https://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 130 global member companies currently are 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: Broadcom Corporation, INSIDE Contactless, MasterCard Worldwide, Microsoft Corp., NEC, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Renesas Technology, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.