Tech Mahindra announced the launch of its Near Field Communication (NFC) test lab in Bangalore. The NFC Testing and Consulting capabilities in the lab will cater to the fast-growing needs of chipset manufacturers, OEMs, service providers, acquirers and Issuers from the banking industry. The state-of-the-art ISO 17025 accredited lab, has 100% capability to meet the Wave1 test requirements as mandated by the NFC Forum. It also has the infrastructure to meet the upcoming Wave2 test requirements of the Forum. With nearly 400 million NFC-enabled smartphones deployed worldwide, and growth projections nearing 1 billion handsets by 2016, the testing lab is expected to support demand and offer Payments Certification and Testing Solutions to the leading global banks. Sirisha Voruganti, head, Device Testing, Tech Mahindra, said the convergence of payments schemes on the smartphones from leading banks has caused a lot of interoperability and compliance issues in the network as well. With this test lab, the company is geared to help the chipset manufacturers, OEMs and service providers to reduce the failure rates to NIL in the field and hasten their market growth. The lab focuses on troubleshooting and consulting with global clients while providing cost-effective test solutions, he added. The company has also acquired lab assets and operations of the Type Approval Lab in Lund, Southern Sweden from Sony. It is now the company’s flagship lab in Europe serving key customers and providing end-to-end test solutions to device manufacturers and Global Carriers.