The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of NFC, has announced a partnership with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that may spark NFC’s growth. The goal of the partnership is to implement solutions that comply with NFC-related specifications developed by both organizations.
ETSI develops standards for many different information and communication technologies including smart cards for mobile communications and other applications.
As the NFC Forum and ETSI prepare to release additional specifications, this new relationship is expected to aid the coordination of activities related to testing and product certification. The agreement will also enable the two organizations to exchange questions and answers regarding each others work and to better coordinate future endeavors.
“When industry associations work hand-in-hand with standards bodies, it assures solutions providers that their products and services will reach the broadest possible market and work effectively around the world,” said Koichi Tagawa, NFC Forum chairman.
“ETSI is committed to ensure global interoperability and avoid duplication of work,” added ETSI’s director-general, Walter Weigel.