Using NFC for Bluetooth Pairing

The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the publication of Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing Using NFC. This new document provides developers with examples of how to implement Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) using NFC to take maximum advantage of both technologies when they are present in the same device.

Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing Using NFC describes the interaction of Bluetooth technology and NFC during SSP in details and provides examples of both negotiated and static handover in the most feasible use cases involving both technologies. Developers will find the examples useful guides for their own work, including:

  • Pairing devices with little or no user interface (such as headsets and pedometers) to smartphones
  • Pairing devices with extensive user interfaces (such as cars) to smartphones
  • Pairing devices such as TVs and smartphones to share photos or to use the phone as a remote control

While studying about this subject, I found Stollmann, a German technology company, that provides an NFC stack that allows Bluetooth pairing. They have uploaded a demo/promo video showing Bluetooth SSP pairing using NFC using Stollmann NFCStack+ and the iAnywhere Bluetooth stack.

Android already provides NFC and Bluetooth APIs, but if you need a platform independent NFC SDK and/or support, you can find more information about Stollman NFC Stack (including NFC devkits) and their Secure Simple Pairing via NFC on Stollmann website.

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