NFC Forum Plugfest Program

Upcoming Plugfest Events

NFC Forum Saarbrücken Plugfest
October 23 – 26, 2017

The NFC Forum Compliance Program is introducing tag and reader testing in September 2017. This Plugfest is an ideal opportunity to test YOUR tags and readers in anticipation of these new Certification Programs. Why should this matter to you? In the last few years the NFC Forum has led a program to harmonize its air interface to EMVCo and ISO/IEC 14443 standards. That has led to an update of the standards (introducing Analog Technical Specification 2.0) and this Plugfest allows you to test your readers and tags for compliance to the improved standards. In addition, the Internet of Things is gaining serious momentum and NFC plays a key role in simplifying the IoT for all. Make sure YOUR IoT products are ready to go to market by testing interoperability with the experts. >> LEARN MORE >>

What is a Plugfest?

Plugfests are one-week events designed to create a safe, real-world environment where developers with NFC Forum specified devices can verify device interaction across product implementations. They offer NFC Forum members and non-members device-device interoperability testing, end-to-end data sharing, and access to a library of various NFC Forum tags, smart posters and NFC Forum devices.

Testing NFC Forum implementations in early stages of development can reveal issues in products and may uncover issues in the specifications used before bringing them to market. All testing is confidential and occurs under the confidentiality agreement. Members and non-members are invited to attend, but non-members will need to sign the NFC Forum NDA to participate. Reporting for Plugfest events is managed by an independent, neutral firm to ensure confidentiality.  Visit our Use Cases & Reporting page for more information on reporting.

Why Attend an NFC Forum Plugfest?

Each Plugfest participant will be offered a Use Cases Guide and can engage in the following ways:

Device-to-Device Testing

Verify the level of interaction of your products (from early prototype to final production devices) with other participants’ devices.

Utilize the Interoperability Testing Library

The NFC Forum Interoperability Testing Library (IOT) of tags, smart posters, and NFC-enabled devices is available to Plugfest participants during the event. Participants can review the inventory to determine which samples are of interest.

Test with Conformance Tools

Compliance test tool vendors will occasionally bring prototypes of their tools used to test new implementations.

Participate in Test Tracks and Specialty Tracks

Specialty tracks are offered at some Plugfest events. At these events, attendees have the opportunity to check their solutions’ level of compatibility with industry-specific implementations.

Need more reasons to attend a NFC Plugfest?

Check out this blog post for the Top 7 Reasons to Attend a Plugfest