NFC Forum Announces Completion of 2017 Technical Specification

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association, announced the completion, publication and availability of its 2017 Technical Specification Release. The 2017 Technical Specifications Release consists of 21 new or updated near field communication (NFC) technical specifications. The specifications feature the latest NFC technology and usability upgrades that significantly impact and advance functionality in a number of key areas for consumers and businesses, including mobile device interoperability, public transportation applications and the use of NFC Tags with IoT, retail, packaging, automotive, public transportation and other applications.

The NFC Forum has nearly 150 member organizations and is the world's leading standards and advocacy association for NFC technology. The 2017 Technical Specification Release greatly advances the features and functionality of NFC technology, empowering hardware and software companies to create new products, services and solutions for the Internet of Things, public transportation, automotive and retail industries. This technical specification release bundles the full set of NFC Forum Technical Specifications to ensure consistent support for new features across all NFC Forum specifications. 

The NFC Forum Technical Committee groups all Technical Specification versions into a single release to make clear the correct version to use when one specification references another. Highlights of the 2017 Technical Specification Release include:

  • The Analog Specification ensures full interoperability of NFC Forum devices with existing RF readers and legacy cards implemented according to ISO/IEC 14443 or ISO/IEC 18092 specifications. These improvements are essential for contactless ticketing solutions on mobile devices which typically use a contactless infrastructure based on ISO/IEC 14443 or ISO/IEC 18092. Examples include offering tickets for public transportation on mobile phones and allowing verification of the actual loaded value on a contactless ticket cards.
  • Requirements for NFC Tags allow verification of the correct implementation of NFC Forum Tags. Many of the specifications are supported in the recently launched NFC Forum Tag Certification program. The NFC Forum Tags can be used by service providers for many different uses cases such as providing transportation schedule information at bus stops; to initiate a phone call or to provide more product information in a store.
  • The Extended NFC Controller Interface Technical Specification Version 2.0 supports finer routing decisions to ensure that legacy RF applications (e.g., ticketing for public transport) installed on mobile phones are transferred to the right app or secure element. It reduces the need for users having different contactless services installed on the mobile phone to enable a specific public transport ticket application before use. This specification also defines how NFC Forum Tags can be emulated by the NFC Controller even when the mobile phone is switched off. It allows for the use of a contactless ticket service or a boarding pass stored on the mobile phone when the device is switched off.
  • The Logical Link Control Protocol (LLCP) Specification Version 1.3 defines the automatic establishment of a secured peer-to-peer communication when both NFC Forum devices have implemented this LLCP version. This specification prevents the risk of contact data being intercepted when people exchange their contact information by tapping their mobile phones together.

Learn more about the 2017 Technical Specification Release.