INSIDE Contactless recently announced it has signed on with the NFC (Near Field Communication) Forum with an eye towards influencing future standards, such as elevating NFC to INSIDE’s enhanced NFC technology, which means ISO 14443B compliance with some of the company’s readers.
Aix en Provence, France – INSIDE Contactless has announced its official adherence to the NFC Forum as a principal member, and its participation in the Forum’s kick-off meeting in New York City.
Through this adherence, INSIDE intends to participate in different working groups in order to take an active position in the NFC standard evolution, definition of security schemes, products interoperability testing rules and identification of applications for NFC.
One of INSIDE’s key objectives is to have the Forum adopt the ISO 14443B and ISO 15693 standards at the same level as the presently adopted ISO 14443A and FeliCa?, elevating NFC to INSIDE’s eNFC, Enhanced NFC technology, offered on its PicoRead? reader IC and MicroRead? microprocessor chips compliant with all contactless standards. Such an adoption is necessary for global technology proliferation and compatibility with the existing applications.
“We believe the NFC Forum has an important role to play in making this technology a reality through the definition of standards and market creation. We intend to be a very active member of the Forum, and one of leading technology suppliers for the market. Our current PicoRead? NFC reader chip, and upcoming MicroRead? microprocessor chip are well adapted for most companies committed to develop NFC compliant products. Open multi-standard products are our key goals, and necessary to the adoption of NFC by the market. We believe that mobile phones will integrate eNFC technology allowing those consumer devices to become a payment method and global convenience tool in our hands,” says Jacek Kowalski CEO and President of INSIDE Contactless.
The elected Visionary Individual of the industry by Card Technology Magazine goes on to say: “We consider the NFC Forum as a complementary organization to IN-CLUB Limited, the non-profit association recently created by INSIDE. IN-CLUB has no part in the creation of any standard or market. IN-CLUB’s mission, through access to evaluation, integration and interoperability testing kits, is to make life easier for the companies willing to understand and use contactless technology, including eNFC”.
About INSIDE Contactless
INSIDE Contactless is the 2nd largest provider of 13.56 Mhz contactless chips with an average growth of 61% over the past 2 years. Dedicated to the development of contactless technology, INSIDE provides open standard solutions (including eNFC’s technology) and cost efficient products for secure transactions in Payment, ID and Access Control. Strategically located in France, China, Singapore and America, INSIDE works with a worldwide customer base and VARs. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.insidecontactless.com. INSIDE is a sponsor of IN-CLUB Ltd.
The eNFC technology allows devices to behave as a reader and as a card, thus, to receive commands from any standard proximity contactless reader and then to send back responses in the same manner as a contactless smart card would do. With this feature, any consumer electronic devices can interact with millions of readers already in place everywhere in the world to exchange data or to perform secure transactions, regardless of the access protocol, including ISO 14443 A & B, ISO 15693, as well as FeliCa? protocols. Indeed, eNFC includes the compatibility of the recently announced NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, enhanced with ISO14443-B & ISO15693 standards making it compatible with the infrastructure in place.
About IN-CLUB Ltd.
The IN-CLUB is a non-profit association founded to promote the adoption of open standards based contactless solutions worldwide in various industry sectors. The IN-CLUB enables its members to partner, explore and create a seamless contactless world for their customers. IN-CLUB’s typical member profiles include Bankers, Telecom Operators, Transit Operators, Government Agencies, PDA, PC, Handset Manufacturers, OEMs, ID and Access Control System Integrators, or Contactless Vendors.
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