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7 layers joins NFC Forum at associate level

Published on 18 March 2009

7 layers joins NFC Forum at associate level

7 layers announced today that it has joined the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum, a non-profit industry association advancing the use of NFC technology, as an Associate Member.

The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum is a global standards development and advocacy group dedicated to advancing NFC technology, educating the public about its benefits, and furthering its implementation around the world.  7 layers is involved in the improvement of requirements capturing and development processes of telecommunications products and has years of experience with test and certification processes for all modern wireless technologies. Based on these activities 7 layers expects to make a strong contribution to the Compliance Program Group and the Testing Working Group.

“7 layers is pleased to join other industry leaders in the NFC Forum to further develop the acceptance of NFC technology,” says Hans-Juergen Meckelburg, President of the 7 layers Group. “NFC technology has the potential to cross all geographic and physical barriers, and an open consortium is the best way to ensure true interoperability among devices and services, as well as implementing a dynamic environment for creating unique services for companies in all sectors.”

“7 layers expects NFC technology to rapidly gain importance for a number of new applications like electronic ticketing, electronic keys, mobile payment etc. As an engineering services company, it has been our policy to be at the forefront of promising wireless communications technologies for years. Due to our activities as an engineering services company and test laboratory we have a deep understanding of important wireless technologies, like for example GERAN, UTRAN, Bluetooth® and other short range technologies. We feel that by contributing our know-how regarding wireless communications technologies in general, and the development of certification programs and their respective certification tools and test systems in particular, 7 layers can play a useful role in the further development of NFC technology.”

The Forum’s corporate members include both product and services firms: companies from the mobile communications, consumer electronics, chip manufacturing, computing, media and entertainment, telecom and payment services sectors.  The Forum carries out its work primarily through focused working groups of members covering its various areas of interest, and it promotes the adoption of NFC through open specification development, interoperability testing and compliance facilities, and by publicizing the value of NFC-enabled products and services.

About NFC Technology
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a standards-based, short-range wireless connectivity technology that enables simple and safe two-way interactions among electronic devices. NFC technology allows consumers to perform contactless transactions, access digital content and connect devices with the simplicity of a single touch.

Near Field Communication / NFC technology provides global interoperability of contactless identification and interconnection technologies. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a typical distance of a few centimeters. The underlying layers of NFC technology are based on ISO, ECMA, and ETSI standards. NFC technology is supported by the world’s leading communication device manufacturers, semiconductor producers, network operators, IT and services companies, and financial services organizations. NFC is compatible with hundreds of millions of contactless cards and readers already deployed worldwide.

About the NFC Forum
The NFC Forum,, was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s 150+ global member companies currently are developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability.

The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: HP, INSIDE Contactless, MasterCard Worldwide, Microsoft Corp., NEC, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Panasonic, Renesas Technology, Samsung, Sony Corporation, and Visa Inc.

About 7 layers
7 layers is an international group of test and service centers for the wireless communications industry with broad expertise in testing and certification for GERAN, UTRAN, Bluetooth, ZigBee and other wireless communications technologies.  End product manufacturers, component and reference design manufacturers as well as network operators and technology associations benefit from the 7 layers’ services.

The 7 layers Test House provides test and market access services in accredited laboratories which are connected via the “Rapid Response Network”. This ensures seamless information transfer between the 7 layers laboratories in Germany, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and USA. Clients can follow and manage their test projects conveniently via web-access.
The 7 layers Systems House offers engineering services, supporting the development of certification systems, test specifications, test solutions and end-user products.
The 7 layers Software House has developed the InterLab Software System, which is ideal for intricate, distributed assessment procedures.