Alliances are helping build the ecosystem for Near Field Near Field Communication (NFC) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The NFC Forum, the global standards and advocacy association for NFC technology, recently signed a liaison agreement with AIM, an industry body that represents any organization that uses or develops technology around bar coding, RFID, and mobility technology, to help build the ecosystem for NFC for IoT and industrial applications.
This is in line with the association’s goal to partner with complementary technologies to use NFC to help connect and control the predicted 36 billion IoT devices in use by 2020.
Side by side with the agreement, the NFC Forum also announced the expansion of its ties with the Japan Automotive Software Platform and Architecture (JasPar) organization.
This would allow the two groups to work more closely together to expand the use of NFC in the automotive market, more specifically the co-development of NFC automotive use cases and requirements, co-creation of non-technical documents and the sharing of technical documents and specifications.
JasPar recently started a Digital Car Key group within the organization as a target application for NFC.
“The IoT and automotive markets are rapid growth areas for NFC technology,” said Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum. “The agreements with AIM and JASPAR are joint opportunities to work with new technologies and develop interoperability use cases to promote the use of NFC in IoT and automotive applications worldwide.”
Under the NFC Forum and AIM agreement, the two organizations said they will work together to mutually educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC for IoT and industrial applications.
The alliance is considered essential to enabling adoption, growth and interoperability related to Automated Data Capture technologies and the enterprises that use this technology in the marketplace.
“AIM is excited to be part of this new partnership. Each organization has unique perspectives and industry expertise that will be valuable to this relationship,” said Mary Lou Bosco, COO, AIM.