NFC Forum will host a Developer Spotlight targeted towards software developers with interest in NFC. We will be attending this event, presenting Sony’s latest NFC developments and products.

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FeliCa Lite S features

March 14th, 2014

Sony’s FeliCa Lite S NFC tag can be used as a plain memory tag like any other NFC tags. But in addition, it offers mutual authentication functions, protection of read and write access, and more.

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These features can be used to implement secured services using a low-cost tag. While not offering as much security as traditional smart cards ( like the standard FeliCa card), the security functions of FeliCa Lite S allow to design applications that provide some level of security while keeping the complexity and costs down.

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For more information on FeliCa Lite S head over to the Sony FeliCa webpage. Detailed technical specifications are available here.

Sony and Gemalto recently announced the development of a Type F microSD card. The solution was demonstrated at the 2014  Mobile World Congress by FeliCaNetworks.

The technical architecture is as depicted below.

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Contact Sony for more information.

While the initial announcement of the availability of Type F SIM card is already some time ago, it might still be interesting to developers to be aware of this. The original PR explains more details, and if you happen to be a Hongkong resident, you can apply here for the SIM to use the Octopus service.

The technical architecture is as depicted below.

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Contact Sony for more information.

If you plan to develop an NFC or FeliCa App for Android, you might be interested in Sony Mobile’s “Stand out from the crowd” campaign that was announced during IFA in Berlin. Head over to Sony Mobile’s developer site  for more details.

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And in case you did not see all the exciting, new Sony devices with NFC yet that were announced at IFA, head over to Sony’s IFA page for an overview.

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In case you are working on NFC and look for an implementation to test against, or to tinker with, have a look at nfcpy. The NFC implementation is entirely written in Python and works with a number of USB readers, like the RC-S380. It’s well documented, open-source, and includes tools and examples for some popular NFC use cases like smartposters, SNEP exchange over LLCP and  handover.

You can get nfcpy at https://launchpad.net/nfcpy

Documentation is available at http://nfcpy.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

Raspberry Pi is a powerful, inexpensive platform for prototyping and tinkering. It’s really easy to NFC-enable the RPi by hooking it up to an NFC Dynamic Tag using the RPi’s GPIO inputs.

Here’s how it looks like:

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Such an NFC-enabled RPi can exchange data with any NFC-enabled mobile phone, and can be used for example showcasing a simple public display scenario, where a video our picture shown on the screen while an associated link can be picked up by touching an NFC phone to the NFC Dynamic Tag.

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We are planning to post more detailed information about this setup soon, so stay tuned!

Version 2.0 of the SDK for NFC Starter Kit is now available at the Sony website. The Starter Kit is available free of charge and can be used for non-commercial purposes only.

Version 2.0 of the Starter Kit features the following functions:

  • Conforms to PC/SC 2.0 specification. PC/SC interface for application is provided to access NFC Forum devices.
  • Enables you to create application using Proximity API (RC-S380 Series).
  • Programming tool to access FeliCa, ISO/IEC 14443 Type A and Type B cards via NFC Library (RC-S330 Series).
  • Improved Function of “Adobe AIR / Adobe Flash Basic” (Access NFC Forum Tag Type2/Type3/Type4a/Type4b).

Available versions of the SDK are:

  • SDK for NFC Starter Kit (ICS-D010/20E)
  • SDK for NFC Lite (ICS-D004/40E)
  • SDK for FeliCa Professional (ICS-D002/20E)
  • SDK for FeliCa Enterprise (ICS-D003/20E)

For a comparison of the different SDK versions, see here.

Just dropping some videos here in case you didn’t see them yet. These are some Sony ads that illustrate the use of NFC in consumer electronics. Enjoy!

Dot Origin recently announced the availability of their DTAG100 evaluation kit that allows for easy, straight-forward implementation of NFC services using Sony’s RC-S801 Dynamic Tag module.

The USB version of the DTAG100, when connected to a computer, identifies itself as USB mass storage, and the tag data can be changed conveniently by simply modifying a file. The package comes with a number of samples focusing around Digital Signage.

More information available at http://www.dtag100.com. Orders can be placed here.