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

  • Transit Ticketing & Fare Collection APAC 2018Oct 24, 2018 - Oct 25, 2018 The NFC Forum is a proud sponsor of the Global Mass Transit Conference, taking place on October 24-25, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore. The conference will focus on key trends and outlook, developer/operator perspective, integration and interoperability, mobile ticketing, deployment of bank cards for transit ticketing, smart ticketing for smart cities, cybersecurity in smart ticketing, enhancing customer engagement, and new and disruptive technologies.
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