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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IoT Events of Interest

  • IoT Tech Expo - Europe 2017Jun 1, 2017 - Jun 2, 2017
    Europe’s leading IoT conference, the IoT Tech Expo will be arriving in Estrel Berlin on 1-2nd June for its 2nd annual event where it will host two days of top level content and discussion, introducing and exploring the latest innovations in the Internet of Things arena. There will be case studies and 6 dedicated conference tracks covering the entire IoT ecosystem including Smart Transportation & Cities, Developing for the IoT, Connected Industry, IoT in Enterprise, IoT Innovations & Technologies and Data & Security, in addition to a free exhibition. 6 conference tracks. 200+ speakers. 100+ exhibitors. 4,000 attendees.
  • Bluetooth UnPlugFest 57 - Hong KongJun 5, 2017 - Jun 8, 2017
    Verify your implementation of the NFC Connection Handover to Bluetooth for both devices and accessories, for Bluetooth Classic and BLE (Bluetooth 4.2) including Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing using NFC! The test session will be held at the Bluetooth® UnPlugFest 57 in Hong Kong from June 4 - 7, 2017.
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    Collaborate, network, learn and share at the NFC Forum Hồ Chí Minh City Member Meeting.
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