One of the technologies I'm a believer in is near-field communications (NFC). For a bunch of reasons, none of them technical as far as I know, the technology has not caught on, at least not here in the U.S. I'm happy to report that NFC is finally starting to pick up some steam.
The latest announcement from the NFC Forum is that its roster has just expanded by 14, bringing the total to more than 80. The new members are Alps, ARM, Dai Nippon Printing, E-Group, KDDI, MobileLime, Omnikey, Oberthur Card Systems, Sprint, SFR, Sirit, Strategic Engineering Group (SEG), and Telenor.
If you're not familiar with NFC, it's a short-range, wireless connectivity technology. For example, users with NFC-enabled mobile handsets can leave their wallets at home and use their phones for making contactless financial transactions or for electronic access to public transportation.
The Forum also announced that its first five specifications, as well as the initial tag formats for which support will be mandatory in NFC Forum-compliant devices. When complete, the NFC Forum's technology architecture will include specifications that define a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability.
I'm hoping the technology is available soon in the U.S.