NFC Forum Unveils NFC Innovation Award Finalists

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NFC Forum Innovation Awards. Image garloon / 123RF

The NFC Forum have announced their nine finalists for the 2018 NFC Innovation Awards Program. The NFC Forum is a non-profit industry association created in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. It’s aim is to promote the use of NFC technology and develop and define standards for it’s use.

There are three categories for the awards and there are now three finalists in each category as follows :

Best In-Market Implementation

  • 1TrueID SRL provides anti-counterfeiting and traceability solutions with the aim to become the first Internet Book of Things. (Italy)
  • Creating Revolutions offers hotel and resort guests and employees a wide variety of services using smart and secure NFC technology. (US)
  • The Dynamic Tag ICs ST25DV-PWM from STMicroelectronics are innovative devices that leverage the flexibility of their NFC/RFID interface to bring enhanced capabilities to a traditional Tag IC.  (France)

Best Emerging Concept

  • NFC technology from Haarnio Oy enables daily functions in apartments to be managed digitally with a large array of physical NFC-enabled design tags along with a state of the art management system. (Finland)
  • IoTize SAS’s TapNLink Instant IoT for Embedded Systems uses NFC technology for on-site maintenance tasks connecting equipment to smartphone-based user interfaces. (France)
  • The Dynamic Parts Authentication solution from Sasken Technologies Ltd., uses NFC technology to help automotive manufacturers ensure that critical spare parts are genuine. (India)

NFC For Good

  • AUTOCYB’s automotive cybersecurity platform uses NFC technology to enhance vehicle and highway safety by protecting the security, integrity and authenticity of personal data in today’s electronics-intensive vehicles. (US)
  • ewaterpay uses NFC technology to collect money and dispense water to create sustainable water systems in developing countries.  (UK)
  • Project-RAY’s RAYclick is an NFC-based, tactile keypad, that enable visually impaired people to control their smartphones by touch. (US)

“NFC technology is transforming user experiences everywhere across B2B and B2C NFC-enabled products, services or experiences,” said Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum.  “In London we will recognize this year’s NFC Innovation Award finalists, announce the winners and celebrate the momentum behind NFC technology.  A special thank you to all who entered the award program and best of luck to all the finalists.”