As promised the specs are in. In June, the NFC Forum, an organization that promotes near-field communications (NFC), said they would be releasing a series of specifications relative to the technology. I'm happy to report that the first four specs are available to the public for download at no charge from the NFC Forum Web site (www.nfc-forum.org).
NFC technology is a short-range, standards-based wireless connectivity technology. It lets users perform safe contactless transactions, access digital content, and connect electronic devices. For example, consumers with NFC-enabled mobile phones can use their mobile handsets to make contactless financial transactions.
The specifications make it possible for any manufacturer to create NFC-Forum-compliant devices that will be interoperable with other manufacturers' devices. The new specs are:
- NFC data exchange format (NDEF), which specifies a common data format for NFC Forum-compliant devices and tags
- NFC record type definition (RTD), which specifies standard record types used in messages between two compliant devices
- NFC text RTD, for records containing plain text that can be read by NFC-enabled devices
- NFC URI RTD, for elements that refer to an Internet resource that can be read by NFC-enabled devices
Now it's just a matter of time to see if this technology takes off.