Thursday, April 12, 2012

NFC Enabled Phone - How Does it Work? 'NFC Explained'

We have more phones that supports NFC now a days, marketing firms continues to push extensive campaign to phone manufacturers to produce an NFC-enabled phones. Which means all phones would have this interesting technology in the near future and you don’t want to be left behind.

But speaking of NFC, Do you know what it means? What could it do? What could it give us? Why mobile manufacturers are interested with NFC? How to use it? here it will be explained simple.

Surprisingly, NFC technology has been around since 2005, it's just that new technologies are not understood instantly, it requires justification before people starts using it.

NFC (Near Field Communication) - a new communication technology which allows data transfer between 2 NFC supported device. NFC also supports peer-to-peer (P2P) technology in where you can share files to another NFC device without using a central server.

What’s surprising about that? We have wireless transfer like Bluetooth.

NFC don’t do much for now, it is still in introduction phase. However, there are endless possibilities on where you can use this kind of technology. A device which has the ability to send and receive data instantly, free and secure without hassle of taking picture, pairing as required with Bluetooth, no need to enter password and most importantly no installation process. All you need is to enable it then start scanning object to transfer data.

Some phones have this technology now and so far one of the best use of it is on payments. Just by waving your mobile phones to any NFC enabled object, it could be price tags or receipt, then you’re paid. Price Tags? Yes, it could be a bar code or microchip as thin as paper to store data you needed for payments. NFC enabled mobile phone uses EPOS and RFID protocol to communicate with your electronic financial services like credit card to pay the product you acquired.

EPOS - Electronic Point of Sale, computing technology which record transactions.
RFID - Radio-frequency Identification

There are a lot of things you could have imagine on where to use this technology, marketing is on the top of it. If you don't have any idea see this demo and things will surely change after you watched.

There will be more NFC enabled phones coming this year.  Manufacturers believe what this technology could give us. What I believe is “this could be one of the technology that we cannot live without in the future”.

"Now you know what you could have with NFC, check the Setting of your phone if you have an NFC-enabled one and start looking for posters or print ads with NFC logo. Have fun searching!"


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