A ‘Near Field Communication’ (NFC) Forum is being established to enable the use of touch-based interactions in consumer electronics, mobile devices, PCs, smart objects, and for payment purposes. The forum is a result of collaboration between Nokia Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corporation.
Touch-based interactions using near field communications will allow consumers to access content and services in an intuitive way by simply touching smart objects (e.g. ‘smart posters’) and connecting devices (e.g. mobile phones) by holding them next to each other.
The new forum aims to promote the implementation and standardisation of NFC technology to help ensure global interoperability between such devices and services. According to the forum’s founding partners, consumers are seeking easier ways to interact with their immediate environment, to enable easy communication between electronic devices, and to gain easier access to services.
The vision of the NFC Forum is to enable users to access content and services in a more intuitive way. To bring this vision to life, Nokia, Philips and Sony are now inviting other leading companies involved in mobile communications, consumer electronics, chip manufacturing, computing, media and entertainment, telecoms, and payment services to join the NFC Forum.
“Enabling easy transfer of information between consumer devices, from phone numbers to electronic transactions, NFC will bridge today’s connectivity gap and allow ‘connected consumers’ to interact with their environment,” explained Scott McGregor, president and CEO for Philips Semiconductors. “By pushing the technology with the backing of an industry organisation such as the NFC Forum, we will soon open up a range of new opportunities for the consumer.”
“Nokia sees touch-based interactions, enabled by NFC technology, as an elegant way of bringing its ‘Life Goes Mobile’ vision into reality,” said Pertti Korhonen, CTO and senior vice president for Nokia.
“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,” added Teruaki Aoki, senior executive vice president for Sony Corporation.
More Info: http://www.nfc-forum.org
Source: NFC Forum
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