A NEW TECHNOLOGY MAKES INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO PHONES OR DEVICES A MATTER OF BRUSHING EACH OTHER. WITH NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATIONS, MONETARY OR SERVICE TRANSACTIONS AND TRANSFER OF DATA IS SET TO BRIDGE ALL DISTANCES.
Not long ago, only a few had heard about NFC, or Near-field Communications. But all of a sudden, this technology has become the new buzzword in the mobile space. Everyone seems to be talking about NFC, but not many even know what it means or what is it capable of doing.
Near Field Communications is a promising technology that establishes connection between two similarly enabled devices over a radio frequency, but only within a close range of less than 4 cm. In other words, NFC acts as an enabler negating the need for any programming to pair the devices with each other. Instead, any two NFC enabled phones or a phone and an Nfc-enabled tag can pair by just tapping against each other.
The technology has been around since 2004, but it is only recently that it has become available on devices and handsets. All this while, some of the biggest names technology in the industry have been perfecting the technology. Now, it has become the next big thing in the mobile sector with a wide range of applications from from content transfer to mobile payments.
As the technology operates in a very limited range, it is ideal for secure transactions. NFC is already being put to use for low-value shopping transactions in many countries. If the initial implementation is successful, there could be a time when our mobiles will also act as our digital wallet, letting us pay for anything from travel to food and movie tickets by just tapping the device against a programmed NFC tag. There is also wide scope for NFC in the healthcare sector as records of a patient’s history can be stored in an NFC tag which can be accessed by medical professionals—again at a tap. Till then, however, NFC is being used for instant pairing of two devices for sharing small amounts of data (close to 100 kb) and for initiating larger transfers of contacts, photos, videos or even multi-player gaming via Bluetooth.