Panelists from the Smart Card Alliance NFC Solutions Summit 2012on Tuesday pulled themselves away from the speaker stands at a SanFrancisco Airport hotel meeting room and held a telephone pressconference intended to get across one message: near fieldcommunications is happening. now, and probably it is coming to aphone near you.

James Anderson, a MasterCard senior vice president, indicatedthat as far as NFC went, the 2011 milestone was the rollout byGoogle of its NFC smartphone. That added the credibility of atechnology behemoth.

For 2012, said Anderson, the next NFC milestone would be theIsis pilots in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake Cit. Isis is thejoint venture involving AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and various bigbanks.

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