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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.

March 24, 2010

20 Finalists Seek Top Honors in NFC Forum Global Competition 2010

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – March 24, 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 it has selected 20 finalists for its NFC Forum Global Competition 2010. Entries were received from a variety of countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. The submissions cover a broad span of consumer and business application areas, including mobile couponing, healthcare, building access and security, retail merchandising, online user authentication, nutrition management, gaming, online banking and support for the disabled.

March 9, 2010

NFC Forum Expands Global Reach with 19 New Members

SHANGHAI, China – March 9, 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 19 new members from 14 countries. The organization made the announcement during its week-long all members meeting taking place in Shanghai.

February 9, 2010

NFC Forum Forges Collaborative Links with EMVCo, GSM Association and Smart Card Alliance

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA — February 9, 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 it has formed liaisons with three industry-leading organizations key to the NFC global ecosystem: EMVCo, the GSM Association and the Smart Card Alliance. These liaisons broaden and strengthen the NFC Forum’s collaborative ties with key associations and standards bodies across the NFC ecosystem. As a first step in the liaisons, the Forum has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each organization that outlines how they will collaborate to further the development of the NFC market and NFC-based solutions.

January 26, 2010

NFC Forum Announces Specifications to Support Peer-to-Peer Device Communication and Verify Data Authenticity

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Jan. 26, 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 the adoption and release of the Logical Link Control Protocol (LLCP) specification, which supports bi-directional communications between NFC-compliant devices. The organization also announced the new NFC Signature Record Type Definition (RTD) candidate specification, which defines how to digitally sign data records in NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) messages. Both specifications are available to the public for download at no charge here.

November 4, 2009

NFC Forum Calls for Breakthrough Solutions for Annual Competition

Wakefield, Mass., USA – Nov. 4, 2009 – 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 a call for entries for its NFC Forum Global Competition (http://www.nfc-forum.org/events/2010_competition/). Now in its fourth year, the Competition promotes the development and deployment of innovative and exemplary NFC services by both commercial and academic developers. The Competition has historically attracted scores of global entries spanning application areas as diverse as healthcare, mobile social media, hospitality, online banking and support for the disabled.

September 21, 2009

NFC Forum Advances Mission at All-Members Meeting in Finland

Wakefield, Mass., USA – September 21, 2009 – 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 accomplishments from its recent all-members meeting in Oulu, Finland. Highlights of the event, which took place from August 29-September 6, included: a Plugfest at which NFC Forum member companies successfully tested the interoperability of their technologies with those of their peers; a validation test of the Forum’s Logical Link Control Protocol (LLCP) candidate specification; a well-attended Spotlight Session for Developers; and the selection of two test tool vendors, AT4 wireless and Integri, to partner with the Forum in developing compliance testing equipment. Representatives from 150 NFC Forum member companies gathered at the face-to-face meeting in Oulu.

August 31, 2009

NFC Forum and Mobey Forum Collaborate to Boost Mobile Payment Standardization

OULU, Finland – August 31, 2009 – The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org), a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and the Mobey Forum (http://www.mobeyforum.org/), a global financial industry forum whose mission is to facilitate the offering by banks of mobile financial services, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding between the two groups. Under the provisions of the agreement, the NFC Forum and the Mobey Forum will work together to further ongoing efforts to create open standards that enable the delivery of services that provide secure and interoperable mobile financial transactions.

August 19, 2009

Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum to Hold Spotlight Session for Developers

Wakefield, Mass., USA – August 19, 2009 – 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 conducting a one-day Spotlight Session for Developers from 9AM to 5PM on Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Lasaretti Hotelli-Ravintolaat in Oulu, Finland. Second in a series of Forum Spotlight Sessions, this event features top NFC experts providing practical knowledge, opportunities to network and hands-on training for NFC application developers.

June 2, 2009

NFC Forum Unveils Target N-Mark

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – June 2, 2009 – The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org), a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today introduced its target mark, a stylized letter “N” that enables consumers to easily locate embedded NFC tags.

May 19, 2009

NFC Forum Announces Two New Specifications to Foster Device Interoperability and Peer-to-Peer Device Communication

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – May 19, 2009 – 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 the release of two candidate specifications that further the integration, implementation and standards interpretation of NFC technology. The new NFC Digital Protocol and the NFC Logical Link Control Protocol (LLCP) candidate specifications are available to the public for download at no charge at: http://www.nfc-forum.org/specs/.

May 5, 2009

Innovision Research & Technology plc and STMicroelectronics Join NFC Forum Board of Directors Forum Welcomes New Members and Executive Director Paula Berger

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – May 5, 2009 – 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 Innovision Research & Technology, plc, and STMicroelectronics have become Sponsor Members and have joined its Board of Directors.

April 24, 2009

NFC Forum Global Competition 2009 Announces Winners

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – April 24, 2009 – 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 the winners of the NFC Forum Global Competition 2009 (http://www.nfc-forum.org/competition). The winning entries were named at an awards ceremony held last night at WIMA in Monaco (http://www.wima-nfc.com).

March 24, 2009

NFC Forum Global Competition 2009 Announces Finalists

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – March 24, 2009 — 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 it has selected 20 finalists for its NFC Forum Global Competition 2009. In all, 52 contestants submitted entries from across the globe, representing 21 countries and four continents.

March 23, 2009

NFC Forum and ETSI Create Partnership to Promote Global Interoperability

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – March 23, 2009 – 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 a Memorandum of Understanding between the Forum and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Under the terms of the agreement, the NFC Forum and ETSI will align their activities to help the NFC community to implement solutions that comply with NFC-related specifications developed by both organizations.

January 14, 2009

NFC Forum Extends Global Competition Submission Deadline to February 28, 2009

The NFC Forum (www.nfc-forum.org), a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced it is extending the submission deadline for the NFC Forum Global Competition (www.nfc-forum.org/competition) to February 28, 2009. The new deadline allows an additional four weeks for development and submission of competition entries. To learn more, prospective entrants and other interested parties are invited to join the NFC Forum Global Competition Webcast Briefing on January 27, 2009 at 9am EST / 3pm CET / 11pm JST. Webcast registration is available at: http://register.webcastgroup.com/event/?wid=0780127094481.

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