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Posted: May 2, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC

RIM Debuts First NFC Phones, Blackberry Bold 9900 & 9930

http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/05/RIM-Debuts-First-NFC-Phones-BlackBerry-Bold-9900-and-9930.php

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PROJECT UPDATE: Project complete!

Posted: May 2, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC

Team NFC has successfully finished our group project for CCT 506! Feel free to peruse our blog and check out all of our various deliverables, learning about Near Field Communication along the way!

Everything is in its final stages! Jess has finished our written report and it looks great, Yuan and Siyang are finishing up the video, which looks awesome! And Danielle has added the finishing touches to the publicity packet. Check everything out on the blog!

Our group’s poster is en route to the printers, ready for the poster session on Thursday. Check out our poster session flyer @ https://cct506nfc.wordpress.com/publicity-packet/. Team NFC is furiously finishing up each of our project components and will have everything finalized by May 2nd! We can’t wait to show off our final product(s)!

Our survey is up! Head to our survey page on the blog and check out the questions we’ve put together to gauge how potential users will accept NFC technology!

Bibliography Review – MIFARE.net

Posted: April 12, 2011 by azmcsbl in CCT 506 NFC
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NXP Semiconductors Austria GmbH Syria. MIFARE.net. 2011. http://www.mifare.net/

In 1994, MIFARE was introduced by one of the co-inventors of NFC—NXP.  MIFARE accounts for approximately 80% of the contactless smart card market, so is an important player in the NFC domain. This site is extremely useful to our study of NFC, as it recounts the history of the technology, current implementations, international and domestic standards, and security (identity management, financial security, data protection…). It also outlines the technologies that employ NFC capabilities, including mobile phones, smartcards, and readers. Plus, NXP has introduced NFC into over 40 separate applications. At proposal phase, we talked about 3 potential uses for NFC, and this site can certainly broaden our perspective of our technology.

This source provides fantastic links to news, blogs, and information regarding the testing and implementation of NFC applications across the US and the world. It also contains several demo videos of the technology, so we can visually conceptualize inside the “black box” of NFC applications. Finally, the site links a number of companies which are currently integrating NFC into their technological solutions.

After speaking with Mark Robinton, Manager, Software Engineering-Strategic Innovation at HID Global, we took away some great key points on this emerging technology:

  • NFC operates in 3 different modes, (1) as a contactless card in order to open a door or gain access to public transportation (2) Reader mode which allows the phone to read an RFID tag enabling interactive advertising, and (3) peer-to-peer mode which allows two phones to talk to one another.
  • The NFC forum is the standards committee that puts together the specifications for the technology. They use ISO standards at a very low level; the challenge is getting the higher level applications to be compatible.
  • NFC technology has been around for about 10 years, but no one outside of South Korea and Japan have been able to find a valuable, cost efficient use for it, until now. It’s being pushed by banks and credit card companies, but the real push will come from value added services like access to public transportation, cars, doors etc.
  • Privacy is an issue, however, it’s more of a perception thing with NFC. All of your information is already out there and accessible by others. In fact, with this technology, you have the ability to turn off access on your phone, as opposed to credit cards that can’t be turned “off”.
  • Mark foresees early adopters having this technology on their smart-phones within the year, but we won’t see average users with NFC for 18-24 months.