NFC Forum adds NFC Tag Certification to Certification Program

The NFC Forum has announced the addition of Near Field Communication (NFC) tag and reader certification to its global certification program.  This means that tag/inlay, NFC reader and handset manufacturers for the first time will be able to test and verify the performance and interoperability of all the key components in the NFC eco-system.  NFC Forum Certification Program testing and certifications are available today.  Certification will help ensure that NFC tags, readers and handsets provide consistent, compelling and connected user experiences.

“Worldwide, a growing number of touchpoints based on NFC tags enrich the daily life of consumers. Compliance of NFC tags is essential to ensure the highest level of interoperability of tags, smartphones, and readers, and to offer a satisfying user experience. The NFC Forum Tag Certification Program establishes tag compliance and helps tag vendors and solution providers to deliver consistent, global connectivity across all applications and environments,” said Dr. Michael Jahnich, Director Contactless Test Solutions

The NFC Forum Certification Program delivers product differentiation by shortening the adoption process, lowering adoption costs and making product implementations easier to integrate.  It will help usher in another wave of product innovation among vendors and ensure consumers that their NFC-enabled devices will function the way they want, when they want.  Watch a two-minute video about NFC and the NFC Forum.

“NFC Forum Certification demonstrates to customers, consumers and partners that a company values product quality and improving the customer experience,” said Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum. “Certification also helps ensure a product embedded with NFC can work with the 36 billion IoT devices predicted to be in use by 2020 by creating a simple, easy way for businesses and consumers to be connected.  With all major smartphone manufacturers now supporting NFC technology the market for tag manufacturers and application providers is expected to explode over the next 24 months.”

“The NFC Forum Certification Program will help organizations to innovate and create products that offer consistent, compelling and connected user experiences across the entire NFC ecosystem of handsets, readers and tags.  The certification program will drive industry-wide interoperability with other devices ensuring that products do what customers want, when they want it,” commented Dr. Joerg Schmidt, Business Development Manager for NFC, Transportation and Standardization, Infineon.

Source: NFC Forum

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