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By Rich Handley
Nov 22, 2016

NFC Forum Unveils Tag-Certification Initiative, Calls for Participation

The NFC Forum has formally unveiled an initiative to create a tag-certification program, and has called upon tag vendors and solution providers to join the organization and participate in the effort. The new program will give organizations involved in products and services that use NFC tags a means of assuring global interoperability with NFC-enabled mobile devices, as well as establishing their tags' compliance with the NFC Forum's technical specifications. The program applies to all tag types specified by the NFC Forum (Types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

NFC tags store information accessible by NFC-enabled devices like smartphones, and can be embedded in everything from posters, magazines, audio accessories and household appliances to business cards, retail shelf talkers and other consumer products. The tags support a range of applications, including mobile marketing, public transport ticketing and access, authentication of luxury goods, and connecting objects to the Internet of Things. The use of NFC tags makes it easy to connect speakers and wireless headphones to mobile phones, deliver visitor information at museums, and protect consumers from purchasing counterfeit goods, among other uses.

According to ABI Research, 36.4 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. The market for NFC tags is expected to grow at a significant CAGR, as the technology is key to transforming the consumer connectivity experience.

The NFC Forum has established the Tag Certification Program's organizational structure, work scope and goals, and is now welcoming organizations in the tag industry to join the Forum and contribute to the program. "If you make or use tags or accessories with NFC tags, now is the time to join the Forum and help ensure that all NFC tag technologies deliver a consistent, global connectivity experience across all applications and environments," said Koichi Tagawa, the NFC Forum's chairman, in a prepared statement. "Innovative tag applications are growing as NFC experiences increased market adoption across the majority of mobile device OEMs and operating systems."

The new compliance initiative is being spearheaded by the NFC Forum's Internet of Things Special Interest Group (SIG) and Compliance Committee, and will be part of the established NFC Forum Certification Program. NFC Forum members facilitate the development and market availability of products that comply with NFC Forum specifications through participation in the program.

The certification program provides differentiation for NFC Forum members, according to the organization, by shortening the product-adoption process, lowering adoption costs and making product implementations easier for partners to integrate. Companies that would like to join the Internet of Things SIG or Compliance Committee as contributing members can request membership information from the NFC Forum.

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