Smart Card Alliance Continues Webinar Series on Mobile and NFC Security with ‘NFC Forum Tags and Security Considerations’

Smart Card Alliance Continues Webinar Series on Mobile and NFC Security with ‘NFC Forum Tags and Security Considerations’

Princeton Junction, N.J., April 5, 2013–Continuing its webinar series on mobile and NFC security, the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council announced the third webinar, “NFC Forum Tags and Security Considerations,” for April 18, 2013. The series of four webinars, held in partnership with GlobalPlatform and the NFC Forum, aims to provide mobile application developers and the mobile community with the education they need to choose the best level of security for their NFC applications.

NFC Forum Tags and Security Considerations” will be held on April 18, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. ET (10:00 A.M. PT). To register, please visit

Integral components of the NFC ecosystem, NFC-enabled tags are integrated circuits that store data that can be read by an active NFC-enabled device such as a mobile phone. The market for NFC tags is expected to grow to $298 million by 2016¹ as organizations become increasingly interested in tags for smart posters, mobile marketing and information pick-up. To promote interoperability and a consistent user experience with tags, the NFC Forum has published four NFC tag type technical specifications.

This webinar, held in partnership with the NFC Forum, will review the different NFC Forum tag types, the applications that use each tag type, provisioning for tags, and security considerations when implementing tags. The speakers for this webinar are:

  • Tony Rosati, NFC Forum Security Working Group Chair & Blackberry
  • Joseph Tassone, Identive
  • Randy Vanderhoof, Smart Card Alliance
  • Mike Zercher, NXP Semiconductors
  • Rob Zivney, Identification Technology Partners

“NFC tags present many exciting opportunities for innovative products and services. Attendees will come away from this webinar with a thorough understanding of NFC tags, as well as the best practices for choosing the right tag to match the security requirements of their applications,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

Following, “NFC Forum Tags and Security Considerations,” the remaining webinar in the series is:

To continue its educational initiatives on NFC and mobile applications, the Smart Card Alliance is hosting a full day workshop on April 9 at ISC West 2013, “Mobile Devices and Identity and Access Control Applications.” The interactive workshop will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of new uses for mobile devices in storing and presenting secure digital identity credentials for digitally signing email and accessing secure networks as well as using NFC-enabled mobile devices for physical access. To register, visit /secureid.

The NFC Solutions Summit 2013 is coming this May 15–16 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif. Presented by the Smart Card Alliance in partnership with the NFC Forum, the Summit is the leading annual conference for the entire NFC ecosystem. This year’s conference will cover the state of this promising technology, developments in new NFC devices and add-ons, the status of the growing NFC ecosystem, the promise of NFC-enabled payments and other popular applications, NFC implementation, and American and international market forecasts. For more information, visit

For more information about NFC technology and applications, visit the Smart Card Alliance NFC Resources website.

¹ ABI Research, “Smart Posters and Mobile Marketing Are the Major Non-Payment Opportunities in $300 Million NFC Tag Market.” Press release, November 2011.

About the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council

The Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council was formed to raise awareness and accelerate the adoption of payments, loyalty, marketing, promotion/coupons/offers, peer-to-peer, identity, and access control applications using NFC. The Council focuses on activities that will help to accelerate the practical application of the technology, providing a bridge between technology development/specification and the applications that can deliver business benefits to industry stakeholders.

The Council takes a broad industry view and brings together industry stakeholders in the different vertical markets that can benefit from mobile and NFC applications. The Council collaborates on: educating the market on the technology and the value of mobile and NFC applications; developing best practices for implementation; and working on identifying and overcoming issues inhibiting the industry.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit