NFC Forum Adopts New Spec for Payments, Public Transit
The NFC Forum today said it has ratified and adopted a new specification that will ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices. The NFC Analog Technical Specification Version 2.0 targets the analog portions of the RF interface in NFC devices. Specifically, it makes sure NFC devices can read certain types of cards (ISO/IEC 14443 and ISO/IEC 18092). Moreover, it improves the reliability of communications between devices no matter the antenna size. The NFC Forum says this spec is important for public transportation, which typically relies on the ISO/IEC 14443 or ISO/IEC 18092 cards, as well as mobile payment mechanisms and the internet of things. The new spec also adds Active Communication Mode, which is an alternative to Passive Communication Mode. Active mode lets NFC-equipped devices create a field when sending information from the reader to the mobile device. The NFC Forum says this helps balance power consumption between the devices and improves the stability of communications. Last, the spec adopts NFC-V technology, which adds support for more tag types. With the specification fully adopted by the NFC, it will be up to individual hardware makers to add the new functionality to their devices.
Innovative Keyboard Case is Both Wireless and Battery-Free
One2Touch has a new keyboard case for Android phones called SlimType that uses NFC technology in a unique way to connect to a phone. Most keyboard cases have a battery or physical connector that adds bulk.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
The NFC Forum today made three adopted specifications and one candidate specification available to developers and hardware manufacturers. The three finalized specs were ratified by the NFC Forum in October and ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices.
NFC Forum Updates NFC Specification
The NFC Forum today provided an update to the core NFC specification. The update includes two new specifications and two new candidate specifications.
NFC Forum Approves New Security Specification
The NFC Forum today approved the Signature Record Type Definition (RTD) 2.0 technical specification, which will help authenticate the data stored on NFC tags. According to the NFC Forum, Signature RTD 2.0 lets developers verify the integrity of data within NFC Data Exchange Format messages, which is the core of how NFC tags and devices communicate with one another.