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Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Near Field Communication

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Cc:,, Carles Gomez <>, Samita Chakrabarti <>, The IESG <>,,,,
Subject: Protocol Action: 'Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Near Field Communication' to Proposed Standard (draft-ietf-6lo-nfc-22.txt)

The IESG has approved the following document:
- 'Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Near Field Communication'
  (draft-ietf-6lo-nfc-22.txt) as Proposed Standard

This document is the product of the IPv6 over Networks of
Resource-constrained Nodes Working Group.

The IESG contact persons are Erik Kline and √Čric Vyncke.

A URL of this Internet-Draft is:

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Technical Summary

   Near field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones
   and portable devices to establish radio communication with each other
   by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no
   more than 10 cm. The NFC technology has been widely implemented and available
   in mobile phones, laptop computers, and many other devices.  This
   document describes how IPv6 is transmitted over NFC using 6LowPAN

   Considering the potential for exponential growth in the number of
   heterogeneous air interface technologies, NFC would be widely used as
   one of the other air interface technologies, such as Bluetooth Low
   Energy (BT-LE), Wi-Fi, and so on.  Each of the heterogeneous air
   interface technologies has its own characteristics, which cannot be
   covered by the other technologies, so various kinds of air interface
   technologies would co-exist together.  Therefore, it is required for
   them to communicate with each other. Running IPv6 over the various low
   power L2 technologies with the modified 6lowpan stack ensures interoperability
   among the devices with various heterogeneous air interfaces. 

Working Group Summary

   This document has been revised several times based on working group comments. It has been reviewed by 
   several experienced 6lo working group members including Pascal Thubert and Dave Thaler  who have been
   designated reviewers of this document. It has has also received shepherd's comments and went through two
   WGLC ( one short and one regular one).

Document Quality

The document has been reviewed and discussed by many 6lo experts in the WG including Pascal Thubert, Carsten Bormann,
 Dave Thaler, Samita Chakrabarti, Gabriel Montenegro, James Woodyatt, Alex Petrescue, Michael Richardson. 

An implementation of 6lo-NFC exists and they participated on a 6lo plugtests.
The document effort is also socialized with NFC-Forum and they are well aware this document.


The document Shepherd is Carles Gomez and the Responsible Area Director is Suresh Krishnan.

RFC Editor Note