The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication.
December 8, 2003
Near Field Communication Technology jointly developed by
Sony and Philips approved as ISO/IEC International Standard
Tokyo, Japan - The Near Field
Communication technology (NFCIP-1) jointly developed by
Sony Corporation and Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI,
NYSE:PHG) has received approval under standard ISO/IEC IS
18092 of the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission
(IEC). Philips' MifareTM
technology and Sony's FeliCaTM
contactless IC card technology are included within the ISO/IEC
IS 18092 standard, so these technologies are compatible.
In Fall 2002, Sony and Philips reached agreement on the
development of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
In order to promote NFC worldwide, the two companies submitted
the draft specifications to ECMA International, the organization
responsible for standardizing information and communication
systems. After developing open technical specifications,
NFC-IP1 was approved under EMCA-340, and subsequently submitted
by EMCA International to ISO/IEC. It has now received approval
under ISO/IEC IS 18092.
NFC IP-1 is a Near Field Communication technology, which
utilizes the 13.56 MHz wavelength, and is composed of a
physical layer and data link layer. When devices with an
NFCIP-1 compatible chip are brought into proximity, they
will be able to recognize each other within a certain range*1,
and can exchange information. NFC IP-1 provides a new, highly
intuitive method where simply bringing devices into proximity
allows them to directly recognize each other and communicate.
This is in contrast to previous methods where devices have
identified by screen icons on computer screens or selected
within wireless networks like Bluetooth and Wireless LAN.
Data exchange will take place at speeds of 106kbps, 212kbps
or 424kbps. It is also possible to transfer to other communications
protocols with higher speeds, once devices have been connected
It is expected to deploy the NFC chip in a range of devices
(mobile phones, digital still cameras, PDAs, PCs etc.) allowing
simple and intuitive identification and information exchange.
This will contribute to an increase in data exchange between
consumers and greater enjoyment of content.
Sony first introduced FeliCa in transportation systems in
Hong Kong and it is now used widely in transport applications
around the world, including JR East's "Suica®"*2
service in Japan. It is also deployed in the electronic
money service "Edy", the online credit service eLIO, as
well as security identification systems in companies and
organizations. Philips' Mifare*3
is used in transport and access control applications around
"With the ISO approval of NFC, which represents one area
of expansion for contactless IC card technology, Sony foresees
the accelerated adoption of NFC chips into a range of consumer
electronics devices", said Youji Tanii, President, FeliCa
Business Center, Network Application and Content Service
Sector, Sony Corporation. "We aim to develop the business
globally enabling FeliCa*4
contactless IC card technology to be adopted into wider
applications such as the financial industry as well as the
public transport domain."
Building on this approval of NFCIP-1 under ISO/IEC IS 18092,
Sony will work to promote the deployment of near field communication
technology to a range of consumer electronics products,
in addition to the contactless IC card business.
*1:About 10cm, depending on use.
*2: Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway
*3: Mifare is a registered trademark of Philips Royal Electronics
*4: FeliCa is a trademark of of Sony Corporation.
Sony Corporation's FeliCa Home Page: http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/