FIME, a consulting and market integration services provider for NFC, has achieved NFC Forum Authorization for its laboratories in Asia and Europe. This allows FIME to conduct the required tests to confirm a device’s compliance to the NFC Forum’s technical specifications and attain certification from the industry body.
In 2010 the NFC Forum launched a certification program to support industry interoperability and provide device behavior assurances within the marketplace. As an Authorized NFC Forum Laboratory, FIME can now work with device manufacturers to achieve industry certification for their products, as signified by the N-Mark.
FIME’s CEO, Pascal Le Ray, comments: “It is an exciting time for the NFC marketplace as we see more and more contactless applications being deployed. To guarantee the longevity of this technology, however, we need to ensure that certain standards are established and maintained to create a secure, workable and sustainable infrastructure. Interoperability between NFC devices is key and the NFC Forum Certification Program gives increased assurances that certified products are compatible.”
The NFC Forum Certification Program will advance as technical specifications evolve, with the next phase expected to be released in 2012, according to FIME, which is also providing technical writing services to the Forum.