The NFC Forum, a Wakefield, Mass.-based non-profit advocating the use of near field communication technology, announced the winners of its Touching the Future: NFC Forum Global Competition.
In the competition, developers in a commercial track vied for the honor of having their solutions named “The Best NFC Service of the Year 2008,” while a Research Track recognized “The Most Innovative NFC Research Project of the Year 2008.”
The first-place winner in the Commercial Track is VingCard Elsafe of Norway for its “Signature RFID by VingCard – Electronic Lock for Hotels.” This product enables hotel guests with NFC-enabled phones to bypass the check-in process and unlock their hotel rooms using the phones.
The first-place winner in the Research Track is Lancaster University of the UK for “Touch & Interact: Applied to a Tourist Guide Prototype.” This project uses NFC technology to enable handsets and public information screens to share display space, overcoming the screen size limitations of mobile phone displays.
First, second and third-place winners in each track were chosen by a jury of senior and recognized professionals and experts from academia and sponsoring companies. The winners were selected from a total of 20 finalists and more than 50 entries from 21 countries. The competition finalists demonstrated their entries at the NFC Developers Summit this week at WIMA in Monaco.
See the full list of winner here.