Tag - NFC Forum
Apple has become a sponsor member in the NFC Forum association, which puts on the NFC World conference and is the leading trade organization for Near-Field Communication advancement. The group promotes and participates in other related technologies as well, such as QR, iBeacons, Bluetooth Low Energy, digital watermarks, augmented reality, biometrics, acoustics, bio-sensors, and light-based communications.
The NFC Forum and Bluetooth SIG have come together to produce an application document meant for developers that details how the two standards will interact together. Titled Bluetooth secure simple pairing using NFC (PDF), the document talks about how smartphones and other NFC and Bluetooth-enabled devices will communicate wirelessly with other devices like headsets and headphones, in-vehicle entertainment systems and connected TVs. The new standards and NFC tech should save time, as it will no longer require users to punch in passwords in both devices, but simply tap them together to enable the Bluetooth connection.
The NFC Forum has added some high profile vendors its ranks. Recently, Sharp, ZTE, and HTC joined the non-profit organization that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Other notable participants include Barclaycard and Isis, the mobile payment joint venture between Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T.
Google made two big pushes towards NFC that culminated in its formal link to the technology on Thursday. It officially joined the NFC Forum as a principal member and now had the same importance as companies like CSR and Intel, which raised their statuses to the same level. The sign-up gave Google voting power for decisions on marketing, standards, and the technology involved in implementing NFC in the future.
Envisioneering Group analyst Richard Doherty said on Wednesday that Bloomberg had distorted his talk of a possible NFC-aware iPhone. While he maintained that he has Chinese sources working on iPhone parts, he told NFC Times that these sources had only talked to app developers who speculated NFC wireless was coming. The business publication "overplayed" the speculation and treated it as fact even urged to correct the tone, Doherty alleged.
The NFC Forum today started a certification program that further supports plans by Google and possibly Apple to incorporate near-field wireless into phones. As of December 7, the organization will require that devices pass tests to qualify for using its N-Mark logo. The aim, as with other standards groups like the Wi-Fi Alliance, will be to encourage adoption of a technology that should work across many platforms.