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  • Editing Team 17:39 on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Forum and IATA Publish the “NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel” 

    NFC-Forum-IATA-NFC-Reference-Guide-for-Air-Travel-rfid-blogThe NFC Forum and he International Air Transport Association (IATA) have worked together to develop the “NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel”, which is designed to help the global air-travel industry better understand and evaluate the potential benefits and costs, use cases, and implementation options associated with the adoption of NFC technology.

    The white paper describes how the airline industry can employ NFC technology for a variety of applications, including for the secure provisioning, storage, and reading of boarding passes on mobile devices, as well as luggage handling, parking garage access and payment.

    There is an extensive section detailing why IATA members should adopt NFC, citing such aspects as self-service functions enabling faster throughput of passengers through airports, speedier and more efficient boarding, the reduction in paper boarding passes that is moving the industry toward “paperless travel”, and the fact that NFC readers are much more affordable than optical readers, have a much smaller form factor, and are more reliable (98% minimum read success versus 93% for optical).

    A section devoted to return on investment (ROI) describes how deploying NFC technology among mass-transit operators has resulted in cost savings in the areas of printed tickets, mechanical kiosks and customer service agents, in addition to increased revenues from return customers, and expansion into co-located and related businesses.

    The white paper can be downloaded for free at the NFC Forum’s Web site.

  • Editing Team 10:02 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Glaxy S4, Mifare 1K, Nexus, , NFC Forum, NTAG203, , ,   

    Compatibility Issues with Mifare Classic 1K NFC Tags ——Reasons Why Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, & New (2013) Nexus 7 Cannot Completely Read the Tags 

    Mifare-Classic-1K-NFC-tag-rfid-blogMany users of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the new 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet have reported the problem of NFC compatibility with the Mifare Classic 1K NFC tags. Here is the reason why they are not compatible:

    As is known, NXP is a world-leading manufacturers of NFC hardware which is widely used for a great many Android phones. The NFC Forum was established to create protocols for NFC, so that any hardware and any microchip (NFC tag) that adheres to this protocol will be compatible. The Mifare Classic 1K chip is created by NXP specifically to be compatible with its hardware and not necessarily to adhere to the protocols. Since the chip is designed to be compatible with NXP’s hardware, this means it is compatible with the MAJORITY NFC-enabled devices but not necessarily compatible with ANY phone that uses other manufacturer’s hardware.

    The four devices mentioned above (Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7) use a different manufacturer’s NFC hardware (Broadcom). Since only chips which adhere to the NFC Forum’s protocols are completely compatible and the Mifare Classic chips are not, thus it is not totally compatible with the Broadcom NFC hardware which can ONLY read off the UID (unique identifier) in a Mifare Classic chip and cannot write to them at all or read anything else that has been written to them.

    But that doesn’t mean Mifare Classic tags cannot be used at all with the four devices. Since the UID can be detected and read, Mifare Classic chips can be used with these devices with the help of an app such as Automatelt and ReTag which simply uses a tag’s UID to trigger tasks saved on the device. But if you want to create tags to share information with others, you’ll need universally compatible tags that you can write to and can be read by anyone.

    Is there any NFC tags that are fully compatible with these devices? The answer is YES. Any NFC tag that complies with the NFC Forum’s protocol will be compatible with these devices and there are plenty of them! Yet the more memory they have, the more expensive they are.

    ■NTAG203 tag: with 137 bytes of memory

    ■Topaz 512 tag: with 450 bytes of memory

    Although they have far less memory than the 700 bytes found on the Mifare Classic 1K tag, this is more than enough for most apps which only record a small amount of info on a tag that ties the tag to the specific app and then allows the app to store the various settings and events.

    At present, the NTAG203 tag remains the most popular NFC Forum tag and it should be able to use by most tasks triggering apps, while the Topaz 512 tag has plenty of memory for full electronic business card info but costs a little more. These tags are referred to as “Universal” NFC tags because they are universally compatible with ALL NFC devices.

    So if you want the tags to be read by anyone, you’ll probably want to go with the NTAG203 or Topaz 512 NFC tags since they are compatible with all NFC-enabled devices. If you are using the Samsung Tectile app, you definitely do not want to use NTAG203 or Topaz 512 tags, for the Tectile app takes up much more memory than the NTAG203 chip can afford.

    But how can I find out how much data I need for a specific tag? Many NFC apps, such as NFC Smart Q, will let you know how much memory you need for things you want to do by creating tags (without actually having tags).

    So far, the compatibility issues only affect the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7. But it might affect other devices if other companies decide to use NFC hardware not made by NXP.

  • Editing Team 12:42 on August 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Micropross Digital Test Tool Approved by NFC Forum 

    Micropross is a leading supplier of test equipment for the smartcard, RFID and NFC industry. Recently, NFC Forum has approved its NFC Forum digital test tool.

    The Micropross NFC Forum digital test tool implements all test cases and sub-cases defined by the NFC Forum and allows NFC device manufactures, as well as chip manufactures, to verify the compliance of their products with the NFC Forum specification requirements. Besides, this tool is also deployed at NFC Forum authorized certification testing labs, making it possible to perform pre-certification testing of products before submitting them for official certification testing.

    “Micropross has always supported the NFC technology by designing innovative test solutions, such as protocol analyzers and conformance platforms. I am delighted by the successful validation of our NFC Forum digital tool, which demonstrates the quality of our solution.” said Philippe Bacle, president of Micropross.

  • Editing Team 14:54 on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: interface, , NFC Forum,   

    NFC Forum Released New NFC Controller Interface Specification 

    NFC-Forum-Controller-Interface-specification-NCI-rfid-blogThe NFC Forum has released its NFC Controller Interface (NCI) specification, which defines a standard interface within an NFC device between an NFC controller and the device’s main application processor.

    With the new specification, device manufacturers can easily integrate chipsets from various chip manufacturers. The specification also defines a common level of functionality and interoperability among the components comprised within an NFC-enabled device.

    Previously, device manufacturers had to create proprietary, device-specific interface controllers to manage interactions between the device’s CPU and the NFC chip. The significance of the NCI specification is: that manufacturers will have access to a standard interface that can be applied to any kind of NFC-enabled device they construct, be it mobile phones, PCs, tablets, printers, consumer electronics or appliances.

    Building to a universal standard will also enable manufacturers to bring NFC-enabled products to the marketplace faster than ever before. The NCI specification allows for control and management of the RF communication function offered by a device’s NFC controller — which is implemented according to the corresponding NFC Forum specifications.

    The new NCI provides users with a logical interface that supports a number of different physical transports including UART, SPI and I2C. The NCI also supports routing traffic to other secure elements within the device such as ETSI-HCI or ISO/IEC 7816.

    The NCI specification is the latest addition to the Forum’s 21 published technical documents, which include certification, application and technical specifications documents. The new NCI specification is now free to download on the Forum’s website.

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