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EPO – Finalist 2015 Industry – Near Field Communication (NFC) technology , Franz Amtmann and Philippe Maugars

Franz Amtmann, et al. and Philippe Maugars, et al. (Austria and France)

Invention: Near Field Communication (NFC) technology

Wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and LTE have transformed mobile phones well beyond their telephony roots to becoming veritable mini-computers. Now our pocket-sized telephones are taking on another role as virtual pocketbooks, allowing for quick purchases without the hassle of cash or credit cards. Paving the way in the field is a technology known as Near Field Communications (NFC), which was co-invented by teams of engineers at NXP Semiconductors and Sony in 2002.

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