5th April 2007, WIMA Press Office – Organisers of the European Near Field Communication (NFC) Competition to be held on April 18 at the European NFC Developers Summit during WIMA 2007 have announced the competition shortlist.

Each finalist will attend the Competition award ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Wednesday April 18, where they will have an opportunity to present and discuss their work and where WIMA participants and members of the jury can try out the prototypes. Ten awards will be handed out in total; the two overall winners – one in each Track (Track A for present NFC solutions and Track B for future uses of NFC) – will be presented with a trophy, and eight runners-up will receive certificates.Addressing this year’s theme of ‘the simplicity of touch’, entrants have focused on innovation, commercial potential and usability, as well as the design and implementation of NFC technology, in their designs. Entries for each track have been categorised as City Life, Enterprise Solutions, Personal Wellness & Healthcare and Infotainment.

European NFC Competition
Called ‘Touching the Future’, the first European NFC Competition was launched last month by the NFC Forum in partnership with the SmartTouch project, to help promote innovation and excellence in NFC service implementations throughout Europe. The competition also supports networking in the NFC community to exchange ideas. Sponsors of the Competition include: Nokia, Innovision Research & Technology, NFC Forum, NXP, VTT and partner SmartTouch.

The European NFC competition is divided into two tracks:

· Track A: “Best NFC Implementation of the Year 2007”

· Track B: “Most Innovative NFC Proposal of the Year 2007”

A number of companies and academic teams have entered the European NFC Competition, with finalists from:

Track A

  1. ToP Tunniste Oy – Finland
  2. Over-C UK Ltd – UK
  3. Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH – Germany
  4. ASSA ABLOY Hospitality – France
  5. Gemalto – France
  6. ASK Technologies – Spain.
  7. Nedap NV Healthcare – Netherlands

Track B

  1. ToP Tunniste Oy – Finland
  2. Intellareturn Corp – USA
  3. Alvin Systems – Turkey
  4. Newtech Concept SAS – France
  5. Technical Research Centre of Finland
  6. Center for Digital Technology & Management (CDTM) – Germany
  7. MIS MBDS – France
  8. Project Bureau AK ltd
  9. Technische Universität München
  10. Institute of Electronic Business at University of Arts Berlin
  11. DoCoMo Eurolabs in Germany, and
  12. the, MedicTouch in Israel
  13. Nedap NV Healthcare – Netherlands