What is NFC?
Near-field communication (NFC) is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm (1.6 in) of each other. NFC is a high frequency (13.56 Mhz), wireless communication technology that is more adaptable than RFID, because it allows for information exchange, or interaction, between two NFC peripheral devices.
Operating in 3 modes - Reader, Peer-to-Peer and Card Emulation - NFC enabled devices can share data, access information or be used to provide secure access information. Already widely available in the banking sector, NFC is being adopted in more and more sectors such as Access Control, health care, loyalty and coupons, transportation, payments, consumer electronics and everything IOT related.
Near Field Communication and smartphones
Until 2010, Near Field Communication (NFC) was mainly used on passive objects such as microchip enabled cards. With the rise of mobile phones and mobile technology, NFC has become widely available even for iPhone users. Since September 2017, users equipped with an iPhone 7 and above can also enjoy the benefit of NFC after years of Apple strictly limiting the embedded NFC function to Apple Pay.
With NFC, a mobile phone becomes a...
• rechargeable transport ticket
• means of payment, reducing small cash transactions
• access pass to the office
• car park ticket
• portfolio of loyalty cards
• receiver for vouchers
• Domotic Remote
• interactive tour guide
• …and much, much more
We are also seeing more and more marketing applications as NFC enabled phones provide interactive opportunities and give brands a new way to communicate with their clients.
NFC label, tag or sticker: Paragon ID solution
Leading RFID labels manufacturer, Paragon ID specialises in NFC tags, in the form of labels, tickets or cards.
NFC - 3 different operating modes
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