We can take inspiration from bees when thinking of the potential benefits of NFC technology for IoT data acquisition in industrial systems. For example, we have learned never to underestimate the value of a connected network. Just like a hive relies on its workers to get things done, NFC technology can be used to perform IoT data acquisition on legacy industrial systems without the long and costly process of redesigning the systems themselves.
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How does this work? Well, one solution, for instance, is based on using a connectivity module with a co-processor that supports NFC and is directly connected to the debug port of a system’s microcontroller. It is also connected to the microcontroller debug port of a product’s embedded electronic system. In short, NFC technology is used to connect all parts of the system into one harmonious, connected whole. This can then be accessed with an NFC-enabled smartphone, thanks to NFC’s one-tap technology. The owner of the smartphone then has the whole “hive” and its data at their fingertips and can upload it to the cloud if desired