Relevant Standards Bodies

ECMA An international standards organization that is dedicated to the standardization of information and communication systems. www.ecma-international.org

ETSI The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to produce telecommunications standards for today and for the future. www.etsi.org

ISO ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. www.iso.org

Related Industry Associations

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) The Bluetooth SIG is a privately-held, non-profit association whose members drive the development of Bluetooth wireless technology. www.bluetooth.com

EMVCo EMVCo, LLC, manages, maintains, and enhances the EMV Integrated Circuit Card Specifications for Payment Systems.

Global Certification Forum The Global Certification Forum (GCF) is an active partnership between network operators, device manufacturers and the test industry.The GCF membership is responsible for creating an independent certification program to help ensure the global interoperability between mobile devices and networks. www.globalcertificationforum.org

GlobalPlatform GlobalPlatform a non-profit industry association that focuses on establishing and maintaining interoperable specifications for single and multi-application smart cards, acceptance devices, and systems infrastructure that deliver benefits to issuers, service providers, and technology suppliers. www.globalplatform.org

GSM Association The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, and is focused on innovating, incubating, and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry. www.gsmworld.com

Java Card Forum The Java Card Forum promotes and develops Java as the preferred programming language for multiple-application smart cards. www.javacardforum.org

Mobey Forum Mobey Forum is a global, financial industry-driven forum, whose mission is to encourage the use of mobile technology in financial services. www.mobeyforum.org

Open Mobile Alliance Open Mobile Alliance facilitates global user adoption of mobile data services. www.openmobilealliance.org

PC/SC Workgroup The PC/SC Workgroup promotes a standard specification to ensure that smart cards, smart card readers, and computers made by different manufacturers will work together and facilitates the development of smart card applications for PC and other computing platforms. www.pcscworkgroup.com

SIM Alliance SIMalliance is a non-profit industry association made up of the world's leading SIM card manufacturers. www.simalliance.org

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. www.smartcardalliance.org

StoLPaN StoLPaN is a cross industry association working on key issues related to  the establishment of an open, interoperable NFC service environment. www.stolpan.com

The USB Implementers Forum USB IF is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification. www.usb.org

Wi-Fi Alliance The Wi-Fi Alliance develops rigorous tests and conducts Wi-Fe certification of wireless devices that implement IEEE 802.11 specifications. www.wi-fi.org

Wifi-Forum The Wife-Forum is an online community of Wifi enthusiasts dedicated to the exchange of technical and non-technical ideas related to Wifi, Bluetooth and other wireless technologies. www.wifi-forum.com

Institutions Researching NFC

NFC-Research 'NFC-Research is an academic research project in the field of NFC and contactless technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. www.nfc-research.at

The Touch Project Touch is a research project at the Interaction Design department at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Its aim is to explore and develop new uses for RFID, NFC and mobile technology in areas such as retail, public services, social and personal communication. www.nearfield.org

NFC-specific Media and Websites

Near Field Communication World is published by SJB Research and covers NFC news, views, contributions, profiles, white papers, and more. www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/

NFC News NFC News is produced by AVISIAN Publishing, publisher of ContactlessNews and SecureIDNews.  www.nfcnews.com/

TalkNFC Consumer Forum The TalkNFC Consumer Forum is for Near Field Communications for Consumers, talking about NFC services everywhere, at any time, using any device! http://talknfc.com