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News release – 2012 Number 10

IEC and ISO back Ecma close proximity electric induction wireless communications standards

High speed wireless technology for short-range connectivity approved by IEC and ISO

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, 2012-09-28 – The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) have ratified ISO/IEC 17568 (and its companion standard ISO/IEC 17569), which refer to the close proximity electric induction wireless communications standard enabling fast data transfer by means of a simple “touch” between two devices in close proximity. These standards are identical to ECMA-398 and ECMA-399 respectively.

 

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This wireless standard, originally created by Ecma’s TC (Technical Committee) 50, with experts from Sony, Toshiba, Canon, Hitachi and others, defines a high-speed, bi-directional, point-to-point connection for the transfer of large data between two active devices up to a few centimeters apart. It can be applied for a wide range of applications, regardless of product, usage model or data type.

 

From a user standpoint, the technology can be thought of as an easy-to-use, touch-activated interface enabling instant connectivity and immediate exchange of content between devices. Implementations of this standard can be found in digital cameras, notebook PCs, business card readers, tablets, storage devices, USB accessories, memory cards, special office and industrial equipment.

 

Mr Yoshinari Kumaki, Vice Chairman of Ecma TC 50 said: “We are very happy that the Ecma standards have now also been approved as ISO/IEC standards. With the spread of implementations of this standard for different use cases, interoperability becomes ever more important and we have achieved another major goal with the ratification by ISO and IEC.”

 

“This will accelerate the global adoption and implementation of this technology for realizing new, innovative ways for consumers to handle and share content without the complexity associated with traditional wireless connections, removable storage media or physical cables.” said Mr Hiroyuki Matsumura, Chair of the TransferJet Consortium management board.

 

The two standards approved by IEC and ISO are:

 

ISO/IEC 17568:
Information technology -- Telecommunications and information exchange between systems -- Close proximity electric induction wireless communications

 

ISO/IEC 17568:
Information technology -- Telecommunications and information exchange between systems -- Procedure for the registration of assigned numbers for ISO/IEC 17568 (Close proximity electric induction wireless communications)