Near Field Communication (NFC) tags typically contain data currently between 96 and 4,096 bytes of memory and are read-only but may be re-writable. Applications include secure personal data storage, loyalty program data, Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) and contact information.
NFC tags can be custom encoded by their manufacturers or use the industry specifications provided by the NFC Forum, an association with more than 160 members and founded in 2004 by Nokia.
Near Field Communication is mainly useful in mobile phones and tablets for close range transactions/data exchange and is making huge inroads as companies discover the many benefits of this technology.
- The phone becomes an RFID reader or tag.
- It can read tags on bottles and posters.
- Over 400 million NFC-enabled mobile phones have recently been deployed.
The technology involved is very simple. It evolved from radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, and an NFC chip operates as one part of a wireless link.
Near field communication (NFC) is the set of protocols that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to each Once it’s activated by another chip, small amounts of data between the two devices can be transferred when held a few centimeters from each other.
No pairing code is necessary to link up and because it uses chips that run on very low amounts of power (or passively, using even less), it’s much more power-efficient than other wireless communication types. At its core, NFC works to identify us by our enabled cards and devices and by extension, our bank accounts and other personal information.
NFC allows electronic devices to securely communicate across short distances. These communications can take the form of commands, data exchange, authentication protocols, and even financial transactions. Today, NFC capabilities are rapidly expanding in everything from mobile devices to tiny Smart Tags that you can placed anywhere in the physical environment to trigger a customized series of wireless commands.
NFC systems reach vertical markets
The world’s leading financial card companies, mobile phone operators, manufacturers, chip makers, consumer good companies and others are extremely interested and investing strongly in NFC technology.
NFC does more than enhance consumer technology. Its capabilities are now rolling out across a wide range of industries, including security, commerce, retail, automotive, transportation, and logistics.
For example, NFC is currently being piloted as a way to control an organization’s security access, with an NFC chip embedded in each employee’s smartphone providing a specific level of access to a facility. This type of wireless security could allow a company to see significant savings over the installation and maintenance of a hard-wired system.
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