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Nokia, Philips, and Sony Establish NFC Forum
Mar 19, 2004
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Consumer electronics makers Nokia Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, and Sony Corporation have established the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum to enable the use of touch-based interactions in consumer electronics, mobile devices, PCs, smart objects, and for payment purposes. The newly formed forum says it will promote implementation and standardization of NFC technology to ensure interoperability between devices and services.

According to the companies, touch-based interactions will allow users to access content and services in an intuitive way by touching smart objects and connecting devices just by holding them next to each other. The vision of the NFC Forum is to enable users to access content and services in an intuitive way. To bring this vision to life, Nokia, Philips and Sony invite other leading companies from mobile communications, consumer electronics, chip manufacturing, computing, media and entertainment, telecom and payment services to join the NFC Forum.

"Enabling easy transfer of information between consumer devices from phone numbers to electronic transactions, NFC bridges today's connectivity gap and allows 'connected consumers' to interact with their environment," said Scott McGregor, president and CEO, Philips Semiconductors. "By pushing the technology with the backing of an industry organization such as the NFC Forum, NFC will soon open up a range of new opportunities for the consumer," he added.

According to Nokia, NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a distance of typically a few centimeters. NFC technology is standardized in ISO 18092, ECMA 340, and ETSI TS 102 190. It is also compatible to the broadly established contactless smart card infrastructure based on ISO 14443 A.

"Sony positions NFC as a new form of user interface technology for consumer electronics products, and will strongly promote integration of NFC into numerous products across a wide variety of industries," stated Teruaki Aoki, senior executive vice president, Sony Corporation. "The use of NFC technology in consumer electronics devices will increase opportunities for users to transfer data, implement secure transactions and download rich content. We have high expectations that this will significantly enhance the convenience and enjoyability of products and services. The activities of the NFC Forum will be to focus on ensuring interoperability among various devices which will be crucial for high acceptance of NFC technology, and Sony will proactively participate in these efforts."

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