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Competition winners highlight NFC's breadth

May 05, 2009 //

A real-time patient tracking and referral system for use in developing countries won the commercial track in the NFC Forum-organized global competition at the summit. The system, developed by Interactive Research and Development of Pakistan, is currently being used for a pneumonia surveillance study for young children in Karachi, Pakistan.


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LONDON A real-time patient tracking and referral system for use in developing countries won the commercial track in the NFC Forum-organized global competition at the summit. The system, developed by Interactive Research and Development of Pakistan, is currently being used for a pneumonia surveillance study for young children in Karachi, Pakistan.

And a service that uses NFC-enabled mobile phones to form social networks, under development at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, gained top prize for the most innovative NFC research project of the year.

The winners were selected from 10 finalists in each category, which had been whittled down from 52 entries from 21 countries and four continents. The competition sponsors included Nokia, Inside Contactless, Stollmann E+V GmbH, as well as the congress organizers WIMA. Equipment sponsors were Over-C and ViVOtech.

"There were some amazing proposals on view and the competition was a real eye-opener, even for me who lives in a country, Japan, that has 50 million mobile phones out in the market and 7 million laptops equipped with NFC," Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum and general manager of Sony's FeliCa NFC and smartcard business, said at the awards ceremony. "This year's submissions prove that the true power of a technology can best be measured by its success in enabling new innovations," said Tagawa.

The shortlisted applications included NFC solutions for everything from location-based social networking to language learning, and from secure airline travel services to online banking authentication."

Commercial entries were evaluated on market viability and how successfully and innovatively they meet the identified need using NFC technology. Research entries were judged on quality of design and their creative and innovative use of technology.Tagawa noted that last year's winner in the commercial track, Norwegian group VingCard Elsafe, had already installed over 100,000 units of its winning technology, a system that allows hotel guests with NFC-enabled mobile handsets to bypass check-in processes and unlock their guest rooms directly on arrival.

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