Project Update: video in progress!

Posted: April 6, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC
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Footage of (one) of our NFC experts has been captured and is in the editing process by our video team- Yuan and Siyang!

PROJECT UPDATE: Bibliographic review

Posted: March 31, 2011 by liyuan2011 in CCT 506 NFC

Yuan Li

aburajan, Rajani. “Gemalto, STMicroelectronics to Develop Secure Solutions for NFC Applications”. TMCnet. 22 Mar. 2011

The article shows that a provider of secure microcontroller ICs and a provider of digital security solutions join to develop and distribute digital security services for Near Field Communication (NFC) application.

The solution for secure NFC is “based on industry’s leading public key cryptography, matching the latest GP 2.2, JavaCard 3.0.1 specifications as well as Common Criteria EAL4+ and EMVCo certifications.” “ The solution will be available as a System-in-Package (SIP) version combined with ST’s ST21NFCA NFC controller, or as a stand-alone secure element in DFN or micro-SD packages. “

“In the future, they will develop a number of additional packaged offers that include the highly secure ST33 EAL5+ chipset from ST, specially designed for mobile applications, and Gemalto’s  secure operating system, mobile handset software, Trusted Service Management and secure personalization services. “

By combining the most advanced NFC related technologies from different companies, NFC services will be highly secure in the developing global demand services.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Bibliographic review

Posted: March 30, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC

Everything You Need to Know About Near Field Communication

Dan Nosowitz 3/1/2011

Nososwitz’s article on Near Field Communication is both comprehensive and informative. He addresses the following aspects of this technology: What is NFC? What are its applications? Who are the stakeholders and why are they so interested? How big of an infrastructure change needs to take place? Is NFC safe? And finally, will this succeed?

He explains the technology in layman’s terms, stating that “NFC is a short-range, low power communications protocol between two devices”. One of the devices is the “initiator” and the other is the “target”. The initiator creates a radio-wave field using magnetic induction, which the target can detect and access, thus transferring data. This is all done within a 4-inch distance. It is very similar to RFID technology, only slightly more evolved. RFID readers like “E-Z Pass” are only one-way, sending information in one direction. NFC technology has the capability to send and receive information. The three main applications that NFC will be used for are; transactions, sharing of information and connecting to devices such as Wi-Fi routers or other phones. Purchases with NFC are an obvious application of this technology, however, we could potentially see the elimination of things like car keys, house keys, metro cards, ID’s and passports.

The current and potential stakeholders of NFC are very excited about these developments. Businesses, for instances, will be able to access your preferences and demographics in real-time and in turn create targeted ads specifically for you. Consumer benefits include not only convenience, but real-time coupons, promos and discounts.

According to this report the infrastructure in place with our current technology will be able to easily adjust to this new technology. Card reading technology is already prevalent in many businesses and mobile phone companies are already coming up with ideas to equip current phones with NFC capabilities. For instance, Blackberry is working on an NFC-enabled replacement battery door and iPhone users could potentially purchase phone covers with NFC chips inside them. We can expect to see NFC in the phones themselves in the near future, most likely in two generations of models.

One of the last issues addressed in this article is that of safety and security. I think this is a good starting point for our discussion on this aspect of NFC. Because NFC is transmitting your personal data and bank information, it of course comes with worries and questions.

PROJECT UPDATE: Bibliographic Review

Posted: March 30, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC

Alexandra Landegger

“Info Center.” BrightCard, 2008. 30 March 2011.

Near field communications, although an interesting technology by itself, must be studied in terms of its integrations with other technologies. This marriage into one device s can enable an entirely new range of commercial applications. BrightCard, a Maryland-based RFID vendor, has been leading a trend to merge radio frequency identification (RFID) with near field communications (NFC) technologies to create a secure and convenient application of the two technologies.

BrightCard’s Info Center includes a great deal of information (white papers, videos, background information, spec sheets) on NFC technologies, which could be useful to our project. This source details the history of NFC development, and opens the “black box” of NFC technology by explaining and illustrating how multiple applications work. The site includes white papers detailing how to integrate RFID and NFC for peer to peer data sharing, secure payments, retrieving marketing information (direct cyber-marketing), and providing smart-card-like cybersecurity. Based on these capabilities, the site proposes multiple market applications for NFC/RFID devices. This is important to our research as we investigate how NFC technology may continue to evolve. BrightCard also examines the ISO standards related to these technologies, which highlights a potentially interesting research option for us to pursue in the future. Additionally, BrightCard partners with a number of similar technology firms to optimize its market attractiveness, so the links to these companies may provide additionally useful information.

To arrive at a maximally comprehensive approach to our project, it is good to include this type of research, as it shows a distinct perspective from the industry/news/academic/others we have looked at–BrightCard is a vendor trying to give value to its innovation by applying technology to a broad range of industries and market needs. To supplement the bias of including one vendor, it may be worth looking into the white papers, spec sheets, and press releases of competing companies.

Also, it is important to note that BrightCard’s website is somewhat outdated (2008). However, between professional contact with the company, searching news sources, and further investigation of their technology partners, we will be able to access more updated information as needed.

PROJECT UPDATE: Bibliographic Review

Posted: March 30, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC

Danielle Haigh

Bibliographic review:

Google and Apple looking to introduce NFC capable Smartphones

Yoni Heisler 11/18/2010

There are reports coming from both Apple and Google’s camps that Near Field Communication is being tested out in both companies’ futures respective smartphones. According to Heisler’s report, Apple is planning to have NFC technology in the iPhone 5 and has been testing their prototypes with built-in RFID readers for quite some time. This NFC technology will enable users to utilize their phone’s NFC technology to use apps that will act as an “e-ticket” to enter concert venues and purchase products within the event as well as access certain media. In addition to this, NFC technology in the iPhone will allow users to carry all of their data from their home computer, to remote machines in order to access their own information from anywhere. Once the user is finished and out of range, the “host” computer returns to its initial status.

 

Hoping to beat Apple to the punch with NFC technology is Google. Google’s CEO Eric Shmidt took to the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit to demonstrate their new Android’s NFC capabilities. This technology will allow users to make purchases by simply waving their phone over a sensor. Google is expecting to launch this in the next few weeks (as of 11/18/2010). Although Google is very optimistic about this timetable, the article notes that there are still issues that need to be worked out. Specifically, credit card companies need to comply and buy-in to this system, the security of this technology has to be addressed. How the public will react and receive these new capabilities is another issue that is being looked at.

 

This article is a good example of one of the reasons we chose to explore NFC technology for our project. This emerging technology is expected to impact our lives in the very near future and huge companies are very clearly investing in it. Google and Apple are fighting for first entry into this market and we imagine it won’t stop here. This is just the beginning of this technology and as this article states; Near Field Communication might soon become a household term”

Heisler, Yoni. “Google and Apple Looking to Introduce NFC Capable Smartphones”. Network World. 18 Nov. 2010

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PROJECT UPDATE: Video Storyboard

Posted: March 30, 2011 by dhaigh17 in CCT 506 NFC

Storyboard

1.     Title fades in- “NFC Technology”

2.     Reveal NFC technology in general

Shooting Scale: Close up

3.     Interview potential user 1#

Shooting Scale: Medium Shot

4.     Interview potential user 2#

Shooting Scale: Medium Shot

5.     Interview potential user 3#

Shooting Scale: Medium Shot

6.     Interview potential user 4#

Shooting Scale: Medium Shot

7.     Interview technician/expert 1# in responding to  potential users’ interviews

Shooting Scale: Close shot

8.     Expert 1# voice-over

A hand holds a mobile phone to show specific function of NFC.

Shooting Scale: Close up

9.     Interview technician/expert 2# to explain this technology in advance

Shooting Scale: Close Shot

10.  Expert 2# voice-over

A scene show a problem or concern of NFC technology

Shooting Scale: Medium shot

11.   Interview technician/expert 3#

Shooting Scale: Close Shot

12.  Show some other details of NFC.

Shooting Scale: Close up

13.  Caption fades in