NFC and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things promises a world in which physical objects of all kinds — from household systems to health monitors — are able to collect and exchange data. It’s an attractive prospect, enabling remarkable efficiency and productivity, less data re-entry, easier control, and the many benefits of data analytics.

But there are challenges in implementing the Internet of Things. For example, how can you ensure a network connection for an object? How do connected objects know a user’s intent? What about security? And how do you connect unpowered objects that lack nearby Internet access?

NFC answers all of these questions by delivering:

  • Easy network access and data sharing — NFC makes the process of connecting devices easy and intuitive. There’s no lengthy handshaking or data entry requirements. Just tap and go.
  • User control with expressed intent — NFC offers a simple, intuitive means of indicating the user’s intent to initiate action. A quick tap makes it clear.
  • Data security at multiple levels — Wide-open networks allow opportunities for hackers. NFC counters with built-in features that limit opportunities for eavesdropping, and easy-to-deploy options for additional protections to match each use case.
  • The ability to connect the unconnected — NFC solves the problem of unpowered objects that lack network access. By embedding NFC tags in unpowered, unconnected objects, you can add intelligence anywhere. With a tap of an NFC-enabled device, it can open a URL and provide access to online information.

With 38.5 billion connected devices expected by 2020 and over one billion NFC-enabled devices already in the market, NFC is playing a key role in making the Internet of Things a working reality.

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