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

  • Industry of Things World Asia 2018Sep 15, 2018 - Sep 17, 2018 Industry of Things World Asia is an internationally recognized and award...
  • Security of Things World 2018Sep 16, 2018 - Sep 18, 2018 Security of Things World is the industry event for engaged, high level, international executives from across all sectors that are affected by the need for security of the Internet of Things. Connect with over 200 peers on July 2-3 in Berlin to learn, network and share best practice strategies at the only dedicated forum where all stakeholders who play an active role in the security of IoT come together.
  • Bluetooth WorldSep 18, 2018 - Sep 19, 2018 NFC Forum is a proud event partner of Bluetooth World 2018! Visit us at booth #522 and get a hands-on look at innovative products that demonstrate how NFC and Bluetooth work together to deliver powerful solutions! If you are involved in developing, selling, inventing, buying, selling and using products for the IoT you don’t want to miss Bluetooth World 2018 in Santa Clara, California.
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