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Near Field Communication Companies & NFC Companies

Near field communication or NFC technology allows devices to exchange digital information wirelessly with a single touch. Several smartphones already offer devices with NFC chips and if this technology becomes more successful, near field communication devices may become more convenient to use than regular credit or debit cards.

Near field communication technology was invented by Sony along with NXP Semiconductors in 2002. In 2004, Nokia along with Sony and Philips founded the Near Field Communications Forum, or NFC Forum. The NFC Forum was founded to promote transactions, pairing, and sharing between NFC enabled devices. The NFC Forum also certifies compliance with near field communication standards and develops technology.

There are 140 members that are currently active in the Near Field Communication Forum and many of them are actively working on and developing NFC technology. Some of the member companies of the NFC Forum include Nokia, NXP, Sony Ericsson, Mastercard, Visa, Toshiba, and Google.

Google is working on NFC technology for the Android platform on mobile phones and is already supporting NFC chips in many Android phones. Microsoft also has plans to include NFC mobile payment technology in newer versions of its smartphone operating systems. Microsoft is hoping that this will help to decrease Google’s lead in the smartphone software market.

It is also believed that Apple is working to bring NFC technology to iPhone models. If near field communication gains the popularity that industry professionals believe it will, it very well may take over the need for plastic credit cards. More and more people are purchasing smartphones which will enable the near field communication to grow and near field communications companies to increase use of their technology.