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NFC provides a range of benefits to consumers and businesses through its inherent advantageous characteristics:
- Intuitive: NFC interactions require no more than a simple touch
- Versatile: NFC is ideally suited to the broadest range of industries, environments, and uses
- Open and standards-based: The underlying layers of NFC technology follow universally implemented ISO, ECMA, and ETSI standards
- Technology-enabling: NFC facilitates fast and simple setup of wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, etc.)
- Inherently secure: NFC transmissions are short range (from a touch to a few centimeters)
- Interoperable: NFC works with existing contactless card technologies
- Security-ready: NFC has built-in capabilities to support secure applications
NFC as Technology Enabler
NFC creates a new and universal interface to existing devices through simple touch interaction. NFC bridges gaps between existing technologies and devices to enable new applications and services (enabling connections from the real to the virtual, as well as connections in the physical real world).
NFC Enables One-Touch Setup of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
NFC can replace the pairing of Bluetooth-enabled devices, or the configuration of a Wi-Fi network through PINs and keys. Simply touch the two devices to be paired or connected to the network, or touch the device to a tag. The gain in simplicity of use is substantial while the level of confidence is the same.
NFC Devices Enable Data Exchange
NFC enables users to quickly and easily transfer information between devices with a simple touch. Whether it be an exchange of business cards, a quick transaction, or downloading a coupon, the proximity ensures that the information shared is the information you want to share.
NFC and Healthcare
Personal health monitors recording vital data can be read by an NFC reader/writer, which could be the patient’s mobile phone, by simply touching the reader to the health device. The physical proximity that NFC requires guarantees that the operator has confidence in which data is read at what time, thus greatly reducing the chance of human error. NFC-enabled devices, with their simple instructions (“just touch”), allow patients of every age to monitor their health status autonomously.
NFC Enables Electronic Door Locks
For door locks that are equipped with an actuator and a short range contactless reader, a simple upgrade may allow NFC devices to substitute for contactless cards. For example, in hotel use, access rights can be sent in advance to a guest’s mobile device, and the hospitality application can include other functions such as booking the room and skipping the check-in phase. For access control, entry rights can be centrally managed in real time without the need for physical delivery of cards.