New Members Expand NFC Forum’s Global Reach and Representation

  • Date: August 19, 2015
  • New Members Expand NFC Forum’s Global Reach and Representation

    Testing, Consumer Electronics, and Internet of Things Companies Among Newest Members

    WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Aug. 19, 2015 – The NFC Forum today announced new Associate, Implementer, and Non-Profit members from around the world. Representing industries as diverse as automotive electronics, digital imaging, microelectronics, and asset management, the 19 new members include organizations based in Austria, Belarus, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.

    This growing commitment to NFC comes at a time of accelerating momentum as over two billion NFC devices are expected in the market next year. NFC technology is increasingly integral to consumers’ daily lives, spanning everything from access control, consumer electronics, gaming, and wearables to health care, marketing, retail, payment, and transport.

    “Our new members reflect the increasing diversity of NFC applications and use cases, from automobile systems to the Internet of Things,” said Koichi Tagawa, NFC Forum Chairman. “We welcome their participation, and look forward to working together to further expand NFC services for businesses and consumers as the global adoption of NFC accelerates.”

    The NFC Forum continues to draw innovative organizations from all regions of the globe to its membership roster, reflecting the increasing interest in adoption and implementation of NFC technology.

    New Associate members include:

    Joining as Implementer members are:

    New Non-profit members are:

    Any organization with an interest in furthering the development and adoption of NFC technology is encouraged to apply for NFC Forum membership. In addition to its ongoing work via conference calls and online meetings, the NFC Forum holds face-to-face, all-members meetings three times a year to advance NFC initiatives, and to address specifications and other projects under development. The next all-members meeting will be held October 19-23 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    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, NEC, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.

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