Finalists announced for 2010 NFC Forum Global Competition

The NFC Forum has announced the twenty finalists for its 2010 Global Competition. This year’s entries covered a broad span of consumer and business application areas, says the NFC Forum, and came from Asia, Europe and North America. They included projects in mobile couponing, healthcare, building access and security, retail merchandising, online user authentication, nutrition management, gaming, online banking and support for the disabled.

The competition includes two tracks, one focusing on commercial NFC services and the other focused on research projects. The 10 finalists in the Commercial Track are:

  • BCNTouch (Spain): Chasing Clothes
  • Mautilus (Czech Republic): The 3rd Eye Platform
  • MoLo Rewards (USA): MoLo Wallet
  • Objecs (USA): Personal RosettaStone
  • Adamsoft (Slovenia): Smart Poster System
  • Clear2Pay (Belgium): NFC Vouchers — Next-generation payments at your fingertips
  • ITN International (USA): Bcard Reader — NFC ecosystem for events and tradeshows
  • Nexperts (Austria): Touch & Pay
  • NTT Docomo (Japan): Wellness Support — NFC dynamic tags enable new-style data communication
  • VTT Technical Research Centre (Finland): Worldcom

The 10 finalists in the Research Track are:

  • Artesis University College Antwerp (Belgium): NFC Learning Environment
  • Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (Germany): Localice — a corporate location-based infrastructure built on NFC and WiFi
  • Interactive Research & Development (Pakistan): Interactive chart for childhood diseases
  • LaBRI, University of Bordeaux I (France): ZeKmop — Zero knowledge mobile phone
  • Lancaster University (UK): MyState — Allowing users to describe themselves and their environment with NFC and Facebook
  • NTTPC Communications (Japan): Digital content distribution system with NFC P2P
  • Technische Universität München, chair for information systems (Germany): DropTheBeat — Making online music playlists touchable
  • Technische Universität München, chair for information systems (Germany): Touch ‘n Document — a nutrition management system on an NFC-tagged TFT display
  • Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Club de Innovacion (Spain): PharmaFabula — NFC mobile technology and RFID for identification of medicines for the blind
  • Universite Joseph Fourier, Polytech’Grenoble (France): TouchKey — Home and building access management platform for NFC door locks

“This year’s NFC Forum Global Competition finalists underscore the remarkable versatility and applicability of the technology,” says Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum. “These creative solutions introduce new business models, capabilities, and convenience, and we are delighted to showcase them at this year’s WIMA event.”

Each team of finalists will deliver a presentation and live demonstration in the Wima NFC Developers Summit demo space on 21 April. Following these events, the jury will vote to select the three winners for each track. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that evening and the finalists will continue to showcase their entries in the Wima demo space on April 22.

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