NFC - Caught between hype and compromise

NFC - Caught between hype and compromise

NFC stands for "Near Field Communication" and is a combination of several short- distance communication technologies (<5cm) that go into tags and mobile devices. NFC is a fascinating technology that has the potential to change the way we use our phones and do mobile, secure transactions, such as payment and ticketing.

On the other hand, NFC is a rather confusing technology, as it has to cope with legacy technologies that had been out there before NFC went into mobile devices. This includes contactless payment & ticketing infrastructures being implemented by similar but competing technologies. Consequently, NFC rather consists of technological compromises than being a beautiful design from scratch. But NFC is also a battlefield of competing stakeholders, struggling for the pole position once NFC takes off.


The purpose of this talk is to give a tutorial introduction into NFC use cases, technology and ecosystems. In it will explain key terms such as NFC, RFID, Felica, Secure Element, elaborates on security threats and technology limitations, and will summarize implementation options. Finally some recent developments in devices and services will be discussed.

The TechTalk is targeted at interested software developers and decision-makers. The talk will not over-indulge in source code, and will be held in English.

The event will take place at c-base in Berlin. c-base is located in the heart of Berlin on the banks of the river Spree and is easily accessible (see directions).

You can register by April 25, 2012, either informally by sending an e-mail to or via our XING and Facebook events. The event will start at 7 pm. Attendance is free and drinks and snacks are provided.

The facts in brief:
What | TechTalk: NFC - Caught between hype and compromise
When | April 26, 2012, 7 pm (closing date: April 25, 2012)
Where | c-base, Rungestr. 20, 10179 Berlin (2nd backyard)
How | Presentation, networking & buffet

About the speaker

Stephan Hartwig is the German Head of Delivery at Symphony-Teleca Corporation STC, a recent merger of Symphony Services and Teleca headquartered in Palo Alto. STC is a global provider of professional services in the field of mobile technologies with roughly 6,000 employees.

In his past career Stephan worked in various areas of technology, including signal- and video processing, digital TV, M2M, Bluetooth, Telematics and NFC. Some years ago, he was responsible for the integration of NFC into a major mobile platform and has recently established an NFC team in STC. Stephan holds a PhD in Communications Engineering.

Info for getting there and parking in Berlin

The event will take place at c-base. c-base is a hackerspace in Berlin, right next to the river Spree, between the Jannowitzbrücke bridge and the Ostbahnhof station.

With a little luck, you may find a parking space right in front of the building. If not, you can use the nearby parking garage next to the Turkish Embassy across the other side of Brückenstraße or leave your car next to Köllnischer Park.

The easiest way to get to c-base using public transport is to take the U8 from the U-Bahnhof station Heinrich-Heine-Str or from the S- and U-Bahnhof station Jannowitzbrücke, just one stop away from Alexanderplatz.

Rungestr. 20
10179 Berlin

c-base on Google Maps:

When approaching from the road, walk through the main entrance and cross to the other side of the courtyard. The entrance is right at the back, looking straight onto the river Spree ;-)

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