NFC Technology

2 July 2012

Melbourne : NFC technology represents a set of standards specifically developed for smart phones and other similar devices such as iPods’. NFC technology is aimed at setting up radio communication amongst these devices by establishing contact or bringing them within a range of a few centimeters. As already proven, Near Field Communication (NFC) has a lot of applications, and the anticipated uses of NFC technology are even greater. NFC technology is applied in areas such as data exchange, simplified set up of Wi-Fi, which is considered to be a sophisticated form of communication that does not require the devices exchanges information to be in contact or connected to each other. Additionally, near field communication allows for communication between NFC tags, which are unpowered NFC chips and an NFC device.

Existing radio-frequency identification (RFID) standards such as FeliCa and ISO/IEC 14443 form the core of the NFC standards. The standards cover formats that facilitate data exchange and communication protocols. The Near Field Communication forum defines the said standards such as the ISO/IEC 18092. The forum was established in 2004 and was the brainchild of Sony, Philips and Nokia. Presently, it has more than 160 members. The forum not only promotes the endeavors of the NFC technology, but it also certifies the compliance of supported devices.

NFC technology promises a future that is nothing short of amazing. However, it is important to note that near field communication also faces obstacles and challenges that are similarly great in the realization of that future. Given that the technology has been in existence since 2004, it would not be inaccurate to say that NFC as a technology is nothing new. However, aggressive research into NFC has established that it can do much more beyond its current application. Like most other technologies, money has been identified as the driving force behind the renewed interest in the new technology and its potential.

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