The short-range wireless connection technology Bluetooth will now have a rival following the formation of the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum, by Nokia, Philips and Sony.
The forum will drive the industry take-up of intuitive NFC radio technology that enables short-range interaction between electronic devices, including mobile phones, PDAs and PCs.
Such interactions will allow users to access content and services in an intuitive way by connecting devices just by holding them next to each other.
Applications include transferring phone numbers between devices, electronic transactions, the downloading of content, and the reading and storing of information from smart tags for logistics purposes.
The NFC standard has evolved from a variety of wireless standards and operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a distance of typically a few centimetres. It is also compatible with the technology behind contact-less smartcards used on transport networks, for instance.
Bluetooth operates at a longer range of up to 10 metres, but its operating frequency of 2.4GHz can interfere with wireless Lan systems. The NFC Forum founders are inviting other industry players to join them to launch commercial solutions.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia