What member companies & liaisons are saying about the
NFC Forum Certification Program

“As NFC Forum board member, we are committed to enhancing our contribution to the NFC technology in the many applications leveraging Infineon’s contactless and security competence. We believe that NFC is among the top technologies which are required to securely connect the real world with the digital world. Our active participation in board discussions is of high value for us since it helps to influence the market adoption of NFC technology in a more comprehensive way, especially for those segments that are not yet fully covered such as identification, mobility and automotive applications. By being a part of this important standardization body, driving decisions, we ensure that future NFC requirements for mobiles, smart wearables and other connected devices will be recognized and managed in an orchestrated (or standardized) way. In our view NFC shall work hand in hand with other means of connectivity securing a more connected life!”

Scharfen Bjoern
Head of Payment & Wearables / Infineon

“Between research, design, and manufacturing, Identiv’s transponder portfolio continues to adapt to bring the most innovative smart identities and security to the IoT. Identiv has successfully provided NFC solutions to the market for over a decade with a major boost that happened only in the last few years. The NFC Forum truly supports the market ecosystem and we’re proud to collaborate with a community of thinkers, makers, and innovators.”

Dr. Manfred Mueller
COO and General Manager, Identity and Credentials / Identiv

“NXP has participated in numerous Plugfests and has consistently concluded that it is time and money well spent to verify compliance of its products to the latest standards. NFC Forum Plugfests bring together an excellent mixture of well-known companies to start-ups who all learn a lot and benefit from both testing and idea exchanges. NXP encourages manufacturers and developers to take advantage of this opportunity by sending engineers to Plugfests to test and compare their products with others and do any necessary debugging and validation in an interactive debugging and testing setting.”

Henk Dannenberg
RFID Standards Architect / NXP Semiconductors

“Attending last year’s NFC Forum Plugfest was extremely beneficial to me as a test vendor. Not only did it provide me with an opportunity to test and debug Keysight’s latest pre-compliance analog test software on a variety of devices, but it also provided valuable test results on participates’ DUTs to help them fine-tune their designs before proceeding to certification. I will definitely participate again in the next Plugfest.”

Johnnie Hancock
Product Manager / Keysight Technologies

“During the Plugfest planned at Saarbrucken, KEOLABS had the opportunity to test several devices on the market based on the new CR11 Test Specification. These test sessions have been appreciated by the industrials to analyse the quality of their device and by KEOLABS in order to evaluate the capability of our solution. KEOLABS will participate, for sure, to the new Plugfests organized by the NFC Forum.”

Fabien Pollet
Account Manager Smartcard Solutions / KEOLABS

“Participating at NFC Forum Plugfests significantly helps us to verify compliance to the latest standards, gain an overview about available test benches, check out interoperability and compatibility between tags and readers practically, ascertain smooth interaction, but also to identify deviations, analyze and to fix issues and bugs and develop a common understanding for adopting standards. I strongly believe that all participants (no matter if tag, reader or test bench provider) gain knowledge to improve their own products at these events. Last, but not least, the hosts provided a perfect environment for the Plugfest.”

Joerg Schmidt
Business Development for NFC, Transport, and MNO / Infineon

“It was a very special honor for CTC advanced to host and NFC Plugfest in 2017 on our premises. We really appreciated the presence of our guests and their interest and openness to the topics of the agenda and the fruitful cooperation. It made us particularly proud that we received so much positive feedback after the event.”

Jens Feldmann
Global Lab Coordinator / CTC advanced GmbH

“Everyone in the NFC ecosystem wants to deploy products that work correctly. If only one involved component or implementation is not working as it should, customer experience and acceptance will suffer. That’s why the NFC Forum Plugfest is so important. It offers all involved players the opportunity to bring together their tags, NFC readers, and devices prior to launch. These four days of intense testing sessions with our NFC Forum conformance test solution, plus the discussions afterward have unveiled the last hiccups which can now be resolved. Thus, participating in the NFC Forum Plugfest contributes immensely to global interoperability.”

Dr. Michael Jahnich
Director of Business Unit Contactless Test Solutions / COMPRION

“This comprehensive certification program is a key milestone to NFC technology adoption that brings big benefits to users, by ensuring a consistent user experience, and suppliers like ST, by enabling product differentiation, carefree product introduction in the NFC ecosystem, and interoperability. As a sponsor member of the NFC Forum and an early supporter of the certification program, ST has moved aggressively, with several ST25 products in the certification process in the test labs.”

Sylvain Fidelis
Technical Marketing Manager / STMicroelectronics

“NFC technology is a key element to embed intelligence into products and make them “IoT-Ready”.  Hence, SMARTRAC fully supports the NFC Forum Certification Program to foster NFC as a simple, reliable and user-friendly way for consumers and businesses to enable and enhance the Internet of Things.”

Karin Fabri
SVP Marketing & Communications / Smartrac

“As inventor of NFC and world leader in NFC reader and tagging ICs, NXP has been a key driver of the tag certification program of the NFC Forum. It establishes true global interoperability between NFC tags and all mobile OS platforms while offering co-habitation in the massive existing ISO standardized contactless infrastructure. The availability of NFC Forum certified tags from NXP will contribute to making NFC a ubiquitous connectivity technology for the IoT of everyday and luxury smart products, smart homes, smart cities and secure connected vehicles. We are highly excited to see the NFC Forum fully supporting the certification of our industry broadest portfolio of ISO 14443A and ISO 15693 NFC tagging ICs.”

Alexander Rensink
Business Segment Manager Smart Products / NXP

“The NFC Forum Certification Program will help organizations to innovate and create products that offer consistent, compelling and connected user experiences across the entire NFC ecosystem of handsets, readers and tags.  The certification program will drive industry-wide interoperability with other devices ensuring that products do what customers want, when they want it.”

Dr. Joerg Schmidt
Business Development Manager for NFC, Transportation and / Infineon

“FIME is a trusted implementation partner ensuring the compliance of mobile devices and chip-based applications to industry standards for manufacturers, banks and authorities across the financial services, telecom, transport and identity sectors.

NFC Forum’s Certification Program is one of our major services for devices manufacturers to achieve NFC compliance and ensure the user experience, and we look forward to having this standard widely implemented by our global clients.”

Stéphanie Pietri
Head of Marketing Communications / FIME

“Worldwide, a growing number of touchpoints based on NFC tags enrich the daily life of consumers. Compliance of NFC tags is essential to ensure the highest level of interoperability of tags, smartphones, and readers, and to offer a satisfying user experience. The NFC Forum Tag Certification Program establishes tag compliance and helps tag vendors and solution providers to deliver consistent, global connectivity across all applications and environments.”

Dr. Michael Jahnich
Director Contactless Test Solutions / Comprion

“AIPIA has been working to increase and accelerate the implementation of Active & Intelligent Packaging technologies for over 5 years. Great progress has been made, and one of the key drivers in this respect has been the rapid expansion of NFC tag capabilities, leading to more and more product applications and better consumer acceptance. The increasing number of smartphones in circulation, in addition to other NFC-enabled devices, can only mean this trend will continue. A tag certification program is a step in the right direction to bring more standardization to NFC tags and readers and will bring certainty and clarity for the stakeholders.”

Eef de Ferrante
Managing Director / Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association