When two electronic gadgets, devices, ports, and wearable are located at a distance less than or equal to 4cm, then Near field communication (NFC) protocols can be exploited between them for transmitting wireless signals. NFC allows the devices to operate in passive mode in which only the reader can supply power. Being an extension of RFID technology, NFC is also helping various industries, ranging from automated identification to secure checkouts. This proximity technology offers a short-range communication either through physical contact or closely distant devices. Apart from this, it contains the following advantages;
- Speed: devices can transfer information instantaneously and at high speed as compared to Bluetooth technology.
- Seamless Integration: NFC tags are thin and thus they can be integrated with any products, plastic bags, shoppers, walls, mirrors or fabrics. The tags can be used in any atmospheric and weather conditions, reducing tag location complexities and extreme temperatures issues.
- Convenient Nature: NFC contactless cards enable the customer to make transactions without having credit cards or wallets in their pockets.
- Versatility: though the primary function of NFC technology is to provide a secure payment process, it can be used to book tickets, make restaurant reservations, send real-time notifications, and provide encryption techniques.
- Easy Installation: NFC tags can be installed easily, and they don’t create any complication while deploying in medium-sized stores, transport stations, business enterprises, and academic institutions.
- Network Communication: NFC tags ensure users to transfer data quickly and easily; therefore, it improves the sharing of contact details in meetups, conferences or professional events & social gatherings.
The international premium of NFC was first developed in 2004 by Nokia, Philip and Sony named as ISO/IEC 18092 to operate at unlicensed band frequency (13.56 MHz). The technology was also enhanced by Sony and NXP semiconductors as they design FeliCa and MIFARE respectively.
FeliCa is a contactless RFID digital card stems from Japan to bring ease in a customer’s life. The customer place card over reader/writer for making payments at a convenience store, train stations, and door keys. It offers high-level of security at these places, especially for processing large volumes of payments.
On the other side, MIFARE® is another contactless solution option designed for enabling smart applications in the real world. The combination of MIFARE®IC and Cloud platform leverages flexibility, reliability and scalability to deposit payments in hospitals, retail stores, public transportation and much more.
The mobile industry, supply chain management stores, enterprises and universities have been fetching NFC technology over the years due to its sky-high advantages. It helps the industries to improve brand reputation, productivity and sales throughput. Some small companies consider it a pricey solution, but it can be ignored with its associated benefits.
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