Building NFC-Enabled Android Applications

A session at AnDevCon San Francisco 2013

Tuesday 12th November, 2013

1:30pm to 5:00pm (PST)

Android’s support for Near Field Communications (NFC) offers developers a powerful new metaphor for mobile phone interaction: physical touch. NFC supports far more than secure financial transactions. Popular games like Angry Birds Magic have already incorporated NFC (you have to touch your phone to another NFC-enabled phone to unlock game levels) to expand the social interaction of mobile gaming, and a new breed of enterprise applications that tout proof of presence for remote workers already exists. Industry research has demonstrated that NFC provides a more efficient and friendlier user experience than QR codes.

This half-day tutorial will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of NFC development on the Android platform with several hands-on programming exercises. You will first learn the basics of programming NFC-enabled Android activities. The tutorial will also introduce you to the various types of RFID tags that the technology supports, as well as a primer on security concerns and tag storage limitations. The instructor will provide you with several NFC tags that you can use during the tutorial and afterwards to code working NFC solutions. The tutorial will lead you through building several activities that demonstrate how programmers can leverage the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) open standard inside their applications for reading/writing data to/from RFID tags.

Note: You must provide their own NFC-enabled Android phone running at least Ice Cream Sandwich. Programming with the Android emulator is not an option, as there is no NFC support within the emulator!

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Jason Weiss

Near Field Guru

Jason has an exceptional background in software engineering, cryptology and computer security, dating back to his service in the US Navy as a cryptologist during the first Gulf War. He is the author of "Java Cryptography Extensions" and the inventor of the patented Volume Mount Authentication computer security technology. He was also recognized in 2000 by the NSA as a talented security designer of critical infrastructure protection.

Jason has lectured internationally, including numerous presentations at past AnDevCon conferences, SD West, Sybase TechWave, and a keynote on NFC development at the 2008 WIMA European NFC Developers Summit in Monaco. He is the former Chief Software Architect for Over-C, a U.K. company specializing in NFC, and the former Chief Software Architect at Tag Dynamics, a company specializing in NFC workflow solutions.

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Time 1:30pm5:00pm PST

Date Tue 12th November 2013

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