NFC Forum Indicates Support for Host Card Emulation Services

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The NFC Forum has said that it considers the development of Host Card Emulation (HCE) as an exciting development for the NFC market because it provides an additional means by which to perform NFC transactions.

With HCE, transactions take place using credentials stored in the cloud or on the host processor of the NFC-enabled mobile device rather than a tamper resistant Secure Element, such as an embedded security chip, SIM, or microSD card.

Support for HCE was added in the latest Android OS upgrade.

The NFC Forum said that it sees HCE as a promising addition to the portfolio of NFC solutions that could potentially accelerate market growth.

HCE is supported by NFC Forum specifications, including the NFC Controller Interface (NCI) specification, which in combination with other standards, such as ISO 14443 and JIS X 6319-4, enables HCE implementations.

There are an estimated 500 million NFC devices in the market this year, and annual shipments are expected to exceed 1 billion by 2018.

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