IEC and ISO ratify Ecma International specifications for close proximity electric induction wireless communications

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

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

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.

This wireless standard, originally created by Ecma’s 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 TC50 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 17569
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)

About Ecma International
Since its inception in 1961, Ecma International (Ecma) has developed standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE). Ecma is a non-profit industry association of technology developers, vendors and users. Experts from industry and other organizations work together at Ecma to develop standards. Ecma often submits its work for approval as ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC JTC 1 and ETSI standards and is a frequent practitioner of “fast-tracking” of specifications through the standardization process in international standards organizations. Download ECMA-398, ECMA-399 or any other publication free of charge from the Ecma International website

About the IEC
The IEC is the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as “electrotechnology.” It brings together 164 countries and over 10 000 experts on the global level. IEC International Standards include globally relevant specifications and metrics that allow electric or electronic devices to work efficiently and safely with each other anywhere in the world. IEC work covers a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, batteries, nanotechnology, renewable energy, to mention just a few. The IEC supports all forms of conformity assessment and manages Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that equipment systems or components conform to its International Standards.

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