When they were first introduced, Mobile Phones were meant to be just another means of communicating with people while on-the-go. However, with technological innovations and developments, these are now used for a variety of other purposes, than just keeping in touch with people. Mobile devices have now become an inseparable part of our daily lives and these would make life that much more easier if they could be further used for a host of other activities like making payments at store counters, opening parking barriers, purchasing tickets at public transport counters, etc..

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that makes this possible. NFC belongs to a large family of technologies that enables two devices to communicate over a short distance through radio waves. NFC, in itself, is not a new technology, but its integration with mobile devices opens up a horde of hitherto unseen possibilities. The architecture of most mobile devices, which is inherently secure, makes it possible to develop extremely innovative NFC based services. NFC technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices at the touch of button.

Some of the potential applications of NFC include:NFC

  • Secure Access Control
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Digital Payments
  • Transport Systems

NFC can be used to perform a diverse range of activities such as:

  • Making payments using mobile devices
  • Electronic ticketing for public transports
  • Downloading data(such as timetable, tourist information, etc.) from kiosks
  • Flight and Hotel bookings
  • Downloading music files and photos from cameras, cellular phones, multimedia readers, etc.
  • Easy information sharing between wireless devices using P2P(Peer to peer) Connections
  • Credit card integration with mobile device

The various advantages of NFC can be best summarized as follows:

  • NFC interactions are very intuitive as they require no more than a simple touch.
  • Its versatility makes it ideal for a broad range of uses within various industries and environments.
  • NFC is based on Open standards like ISO, ECMA and ETSI.
  • NFC transactions are inherently secure as they are short range (touch to a few centimeters).
  • NFC has built-in capabilities to support secure applications.
  • NFC works seamlessly with existing contactless card technologies.

 

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