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Near Field Communication Forum and IATA Publish NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel

Oct. 30, 2013 -- The NFC Forum, and the International Air Transport Association ( IATA), the trade association for the world's airlines, have  announced the joint publication of the "NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel” as a comprehensive free reference guide available to download from the NFC Forum's website.   
The document, seeks to help the global air travel industry better understand and evaluate the potential benefits and costs, use cases, and implementation options associated with adoption of NFC technology. IATA members contributed expertise about requirements for the technology's use in various aspects of air transport, and NFC Forum members provided details about implementation options and practical information about existing applications.
Potential uses of NFC technology for air travel that save time for passengers and streamline operations for airlines and other businesses include:
•    NFC use for secure provision, storage, and reading of boarding passes on mobile devices
•    NFC on a mobile device to enable "tap-and-go" access to elite lounges
•    Airlines and airports using NFC to provide (and cancel) access to secured areas to staff via their mobile devices
•    NFC tags coded and embedded in luggage tags to quickly access baggage information and better track bags' progress
•    Travellers tapping their NFC-enabled devices to enter a parking garage, pay at exit, or store parking details for later reference
•    NFC's well-established payment applications for purchases in airport shops, and even on board the aircraft

"It's a great example of how organizations working jointly can help guide an industry towards consensus on technology adoption. The ultimate beneficiaries will be air travellers, who will enjoy faster boarding, easier baggage management, and other benefits through the use of NFC” said Koichi Tagawa, Chairman of the NFC Forum.
"NFC holds substantial promise to provide a smoother and faster airport experience for travellers. The NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel will be a valuable guide to help stakeholders identify potential opportunities from adoption of NFC technology," said Stephan Copart, IATA Head, Strategy, Industry Services Transformation.

Click here to download the NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel (800KB)