NFC is now at a very nascent stage, especially in India, mostly due to the lack of an enabled eco-system. Some countries have already graduated to this technology, and is putting NFC to use for daily activities. Pilot projects being run around the world are experimenting with using NFC for enabling public transportation and for contactless payment systems.
Sometime back, the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm ran a pilot project where the guests were given NFC- enabled phones to check-in, enter their room and even checkout of the hotel. But this involved a lot of work at the backend and the hotel had to work closely with the access control company, mobile network operator, room door key specialists, etc. Guests simply had to download the application and use it while stepping into the hotel. The eight-month trial had fruitful results, especially by cutting the time for check-in at the reception.
In San Francisco, NFC is being used to make parking meters smart. All 30,800 parking meters in city will soon have NFC stickers using which drivers will be able to pay for a slot for a given time period using their NFCenabled phones.
Another pilot project in Austria empowered nearly 20,000 NFC phone subscribers to tap contactless chip tags at some stations of the Austrian National Railway and Vienna Metro. This automatically initiated the mobile ticketing application and filled in the needed information. Users used to confirm and receive the tickets via SMS or mobile Internet. A similar project in Germany’s Frankfut allowed users to tap their NFC phones or scan 2D bar codes on posters in trains on some metro lines to access scheduling updates along with list of restaurants that accepted discount card programmes.
After embedding NFC in its Android Gingerbread, Google was keen to introduce its Mobile Wallet, a payment system that allowed users to store credit card details, loyalty cards, gifts cards and even promotional codes on their phone. The data could be used to make secure and simple payment by tapping the phone