Near Field Communication Forum welcomes Intel to Board of Directors
Date: Tue, 12/13/2011 - 11:07
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, announced that Intel Corporation, a world leader in computing innovation, has upgraded from Principal to Sponsor level. Sponsor membership is the highest category, and its privileges include a seat on the NFC Forum Board of Directors, which manages the organization.
Sponsor members may designate individuals to run for Forum leadership positions, and each Sponsor member may appoint one voting representative to all NFC Forum Committees and Working Groups. Other privileges include proposing Forum initiatives and participating in the NFC Forum testing and certification program using Sponsors' own in-house test labs.
In addition, the NFC Forum has recently welcomed 10 new Associate, Implementer, and Non-Profit members from across the NFC ecosystem.
New Associate members:
Allion Test Labs Inc.
Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd.
Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation
Polar Electro Oy
New Implementer members:
Állami Nyomda Plc.
Athena Smartcard Solutions
GN Netcom A/S
Johnson Controls Inc.
RICOH Company, Ltd.
New Non-Profit member:
University of Applied Sciences, HES-SO Valais
"Intel's decision to increase its level of involvement with the NFC Forum highlights the rising importance of NFC technology to our members and its value to consumers and businesses around the globe. I'm delighted to welcome Intel to our Board of Directors," said Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum. "I extend the same warm welcome to our other new member organizations - representing nine countries and three continents - which will bring their particular expertise to our work and will share the benefits of NFC technology in their local markets."
"Intel believes NFC has great potential to enhance user experiences via simplified and secure device interaction. We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to its evolution and growth in adoption across multiple platforms," said Ed Agis, Intel representative and new board member of the NFC Forum.