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NFC Forum and LoRa Alliance™ Enter Liaison to Explore Technical Cooperation for IoT Applications

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, the standards and advocacy association for Near
Field Communication
(NFC) technology, and the LoRa
™, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN™
for the Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide-area
networks (LPWANs), jointly announced the signing of a liaison
partnership agreement today. The agreement between the NFC Forum and The
LoRa Alliance focuses on technical cooperation, use case exploration,
and the potential to promote the use of NFC in combination with LoRaWAN
for IoT applications.

“The liaison with the LoRa Alliance advances the NFC Forum’s goal of
expanding the use of NFC to help connect, commission and control the
predicted 36 billion IoT devices in use by 2020,” said Paula Hunter,
executive director, NFC Forum. “We welcome opportunities to partner with
complementary technologies to better address emerging market needs.”

“It is clear that no one standard or technology can meet the needs of
every IoT use case,” said Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa
Alliance. “We are strongly committed to working with other collaborative
organizations to enhance the LoRaWAN protocol and ensure its
interoperability with other industry standards.”

There are more than 100 LoRaWAN network operators and coverage in more
than 100 countries to date. LPWANs for the IoT are used where long
range, thousands of connections per gateway and long battery life are
required. NFC technology complements LoRaWAN by potentially bringing the
convenience and flexibility of using the two billion NFC-enabled
devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to provide a variety of
services in the field. Key application areas include intelligent
building, supply chain, smart city and agriculture.

About LoRa Alliance
The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit
association that has become one of the largest and fastest-growing
alliances in the technology sector since its inception in 2015. Its
members closely collaborate and share expertise to develop and promote
the LoRaWAN protocol as the leading open global standard for secure,
carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. With the technical flexibility to
address a broad range of IoT applications, both static and mobile, and
the LoRaWAN CertifiedCM program to guarantee
interoperability, the LoRaWAN protocol has been deployed by major mobile
network operators globally, and connectivity is available in over 100
countries, with continual expansion.

About the NFC Forum
was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by
leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics
companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field
Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring
interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market
about NFC technology. The Forum’s global member companies are currently
developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and
protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service
delivery, device discovery and device capability. Only member companies
can participate in the Forum’s certification program of NFC devices,
readers and tags.

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