Philips Accelerates Realization of Near Field Communication Technology

Monday 22 March 2004 09:04 CET | News

Royal Philips Electronics is spearheading the development and support of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Philips is commited to adopt NFC in future applications to ensure consumers can access content and services in an easy way by simply touching smart objects and connecting devices by just holding them next to each other. Philips will also outline tomorrow its progress in gaining widespread support of NFC by industry leaders in mobile communications and consumer electronics. During CeBIT, Philips presents a NFC demo that showcases touch-based communications between a PDA and a Philips Streamium product so that consumers can connect wirelessly to Internet music services and purchase these, legally and securely, through e-payments by VISA. Commercial availability of the first NFC-enabled products is foreseen by the end of this year. With partners like VISA, who are already working with various industry groups and technology companies to support wireless specifications for contactless chip smart card and proximity payments, Philips is looking at NFC becoming a commercial reality in the near future. Key for the acceptance of NFC will be the interoperability of CE devices, which Philips has always put its weight behind and will continue to do so.

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