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By Rich Handley

NFC Forum Signs IoT Liaison Agreement With AIM, Expands Automotive Partnership With JasPar

The NFC Forum, a global standards and advocacy association for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced the signing of a liaison agreement with AIM, along with the expansion of an existing relationship with the Japan Automotive Software Platform and Architecture (JasPar) organization.

The AIM liaison agreement focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT) market, furthering an NFC Forum objective to partner with complimentary technologies to use NFC to help connect, commission and control the 36 billion IoT devices predicted to be be in use by next year. The JasPar relationship was enhanced to allow the two groups to work more closely together to expand the use of NFC in the automotive market. JasPar recently started a Digital Car Key group within the organization as a target application for NFC.

"The IoT and automotive markets are rapid growth areas for NFC technology," said Paula Hunter, the NFC Forum's executive director, in a prepared statement. "The agreements with AIM and JASPAR are joint opportunities to work with new technologies and develop interoperability use cases to promote the use of NFC in IoT and automotive applications worldwide."

AIM and the NFC Forum will work together to mutually educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC for IoT and industrial applications. AIM is an industry alliance that represents organizations that use, implement, resell or develop bar-coding, RFID or mobility technologies. The alliance enables adoption, growth and interoperability related to automated data-capture technologies and the enterprises that use this technology in the marketplace.

JasPar is an automotive association tasked with standardizing and improving electronic control system software and in-vehicle networks. This agreement deepens the existing partnership between JasPar and the NFC Forum to include the co-development of NFC automotive use cases and requirements, the co-creation of non-technical documents, and the sharing of technical documents and specifications. "AIM is excited to be part of this new partnership," said Mary Lou Bosco, AIM's COO, in the prepared statement. "Each organization has unique perspectives and industry expertise that will be valuable to this relationship."

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