Research & Best Practices

The information compiled here represents the best research and best practices designed to help organizations understand how to implement NFC technology.

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  • December 16, 2013

    This document discusses how elliptic curve cryptography can provide strong standards-based security for NFC tags using one-tenth the storage space of RSA signatures and certificates. The authors also present an NFC Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) architecture, scenarios for tag issuers, memory utilization and performance data for the various schemes specified in the NFC Forum Signature RTD.

  • The NFC Forum’s Air Transport Task Force and IATA’s Fast Travel Working Group collaborated extensively to develop this White Paper, which seeks to help the global air travel industry better understand and evaluate the potential benefits and costs, use cases, and implementation options associated with adoption of NFC Technology.

  • This white paper highlights the capabilities of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and its potential to transform our everyday lives. It reveals how NFC will transform standalone wireless networking resources into truly interoperable communications media for accessing public transportation and facilities, making retail payments, transferring data, discovering new information, and more. It further describes how the NFC Forum works to drive NFC standardization and encourage its adoption in the market. (PDF)

  • NFC mobile services are an important emerging area for NFC technology with great potential for growth. The NFC Forum’s strategy for accelerating the growth of this business area includes recognizing and describing what is needed to realize successful NFC mobile services, such as key technologies, typical use cases, and the structure of the overall ecosystem. In this white paper, the NFC Forum analyzes how to expand the existing contactless card ecosystem to enable NFC mobile services, identifies new functionalities in this ecosystem, and discusses additional functionalities.

  • This white paper describes significant potential benefits for both travelers and transport operators. It provides an introduction to the potential uses, advantages, and setup of NFC technology in public transport programs. The paper covers a broad range of transport options, ranging from trains, buses, and subways to taxis, ferries, automobiles, and bicycle rentals. It also includes a variety of descriptive use cases and best practice examples of implementations.

  • The goal of this White Paper, written by members of the NFC Forum Ecosystem Development Working Group, is to empower and encourage businesses and consumers to implement and use NFC Smart Posters. The extensively illustrated paper offers an easy guide to understanding what an NFC Smart Poster is, what is required to develop NFC Smart Posters, and how to avoid common obstacles when creating them. Through numerous use cases, the paper highlights ways in which NFC Smart Posters are already in use around the world, benefiting industry and consumers alike. Appendices include Frequently Asked Questions, a Glossary,
    and a selection of other available resources.

  • May 15, 2013

    The Worldview of NFC presented by Koichi Tagawa, NFC Forum Chairman (SONY)

  • May 13, 2013

    Marketing NFC on Mobile Devices , presented by Mohamed Awad, NFC Forum Vice Chairman (Broadcom)

  • April 10, 2013

    The Four Keys to a Winning NFC Solution, presented by Koichi Tagawa, NFC Forum Chairman (SONY)

  • March 25, 2013

    NFC Forum Director Debbie Arnold provides insight into the many applications for NFC in public transit, air travel, and related areas.