As Master of Ceremonies, Koichi Tagawa-san, chair, NFC Forum raised his champagne glass to the winners during an online NFC Forum Innovation Award ceremony recently to celebrate their victories. Each of the winner’s NFC products are transforming user experiences across the globe every day.
We all know that Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a technological standard based on radio-frequency identification (or RFID), which doesn’t require an internal power supply to operate. NFC can transmit information wirelessly over short distances. Now, you might recognize NFC as the same technology that allows secure payments from mobile pay systems (i.e. Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay); this is known as “contactless” payment. Already popular, use of contactless forms of payment have skyrocketed over the last year fueled by the current pandemic.
For brands and retailers, it’s becoming all about their customers’ mobile phones. There are approximately three billion smartphones in use today meaning that over 20% of people on the planet have access to NFC. According to a recent ABI Research survey 44% of those with NFC use it daily or almost daily.
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If you haven’t set up the digital wallet, now is the perfect time to get comfortable with this standard feature on your smartphone. Using a digital wallet lets you purchase goods and services with just a tap of your smartphone at checkout. This is called contactless payment. And, as the name implies, using contactless payment allows you to avoid touching cash and keypads during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Called “Tap and Pay” it reduces transmission of the virus and is the safer way to make payments for both the retailer and the consumer.
QR codes – a visual barcode that needs to be scanned with a mobile phone’s camera -- are currently used quite a bit in Asia. Other regions of the world where smartphones are more prevalent, near field communications (NFC) appears to be the technology of choice for payment and other uses. In fact, NFC technology is the standard enabler for tap-to-pay worldwide.
Most of the top ten smartphones in the world last year by sales are NFC-enabled according to a recent study. This uptick in NFC functionality in smartphones seems to be tracking to some degree an increase in NFC Forum certifications as well. There has already been almost 30 NFC Forum certifications through the first two months of 2020.