Trigger Alarm: A Smart NFC Sniffer for High-Precision Measurements

Martin Erb*, Christian Steger, Martin Troyer, Josef Preishuber-Pfluegl

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In this paper, we present a new design and proof of concept of a smart Near Field Communication (NFC) sniffer, including special trigger features for high-precision measurements during NFC interoperability testing. Even though interoperability testing is not mandatory for successful NFC-device certification, the fast increasing amount of electronic consumer devices providing NFC functionality strongly increases the need for interoperability testing. Nowadays, used automated interoperability test systems require time-consuming and expensive manual debug sessions in case of a communication error, to compensate missing test data for analyzing the failure root cause. To highly decrease costs and time required to perform these manual measurements, we developed a proof of concept of a sniffer tool providing intelligent trigger functionalities. It supports the test engineer during manual debug session and can be integrated into a fully automated interoperability test and analysis system. Hence, we drive the development of automated interoperability test systems and want to encourage standardization bodies to include interoperability testing to the certification procedure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTesting Software and Systems - 32nd IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, ICTSS 2020, Proceedings
EditorsValentina Casola, Alessandra De Benedictis, Massimiliano Rak
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030648800
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2020
Event32nd IFIP International Conference on Testing Software and Systems: ICTSS 2020 - Virtuell, Italy
Duration: 9 Dec 202011 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12543 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference32nd IFIP International Conference on Testing Software and Systems
Abbreviated titleIFIP-ICTSS 2020


  • Interoperability
  • Measurement system
  • Near Field Communication
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Test platform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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