Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless technology with an operating distance of up to 10 cm. NFC is compatible with today’s field proven contactless infrastructure.
Presently NFC is already integrated into numerous mobile handset types, and all major manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, offer such models.
NFC devices can operate in three different modes
- Reader/Writer mode, the NFC device is capable of reading RFID tags. This operating mode supports the reading of smart product tags, or so called Smart Posters;
- Card Emulation mode, the NFC device itself acts as an ISO 14443 contactless card to an external reader. This feature enables, for example, contactless payments, e-ticketing and access control;
- Peer-to-Peer mode, two active NFC devices can exchange data. It is possible to share Bluetooth or WiFi link set up parameters, and exchange data such as virtual business cards or digital photos.
Secure NFC also includes a secure smart chip card which can reliably store and protect all sensitive data which is transmitted also securely over the contactless NFC interface.
The most promising mobile NFC use-cases are
- transport and event ticketing
- smart couponing
- field force management
- access control
- social networking