In an attempt to better position its Reader-to-Reader (R2R™) technology alongside the better-known counterpart NFC, INSIDE Contactless is renaming R2R. The new name “eNFC” for enhanced NFC, is meant to convey the NFC-like capabilities as well as the added inclusion of other ISO standards (ISO 14443B and ISO 15693).
INSIDE renames R2R™ to eNFC
eNFC, enhanced NFC technology
Aix-en-Provence, France, February 11th 2005 – INSIDE Contactless today announces its decision to rename its R2R™ (Reader-to-Reader) technology to eNFC, enhanced NFC (Near Field Communication) technology in order to position it on the market as fully compatible and beyond to NFC.
eNFC refers to the technology that allows a contactless reader to communicate with either a card or another reader. This technology was developed by INSIDE in 2000 and was first implemented on its Hand’IT™, a Springboard module for Handspring PDAs. INSIDE has also integrated the eNFC technology in the Hand’IT™-2G version developed for Windows Pocket PC compatible PDAs and it is now also integrated in all of INSIDE’s reader interfaces.
The NFC name has become well known in the industry through its recent standardization by Philips and Sony. INSIDE’s eNFC is a 100% compatible superset of NFC. The major advantage of eNFC over NFC is that it is not limited to the ISO 14443A and FeliCa™ standards, but also integrates two other commonly used standards: ISO 14443B and ISO 15693, that have been widely adopted by several market segments. A reader integrating eNFC technology can be used with all the existing contactless systems without needing a system upgrade or modification.
“INSIDE wishes the integration of eNFC within the ISO18092 standardization in order that all standards, including ISO 14443B and ISO 15693, are supported by this new technology,” states Bruno Charrat, INSIDE’s Chief Technology Officer. “This initiative will enable the market to benefit from an open standard and will enable, for example, all future mobile phones integrating eNFC technology, to be able to exchange data and perform secure transactions with any contactless system that is currently deployed or will be deployed in the future.”
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 http://www.insidecontactless.com. INSIDE is a proud sponsor of IN-CLUB Ltd.
eNFC, enhanced NFC technology, enables wireless interaction with any 13.56 MHz contactless chip and reader, regardless of the preferred protocol, including the existing international standards ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693, as well as FeliCa™.
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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