Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is a standards-based wireless communication technology that allows data to be exchanged between devices that are a few centimeters apart. NFC operates at 13.56 MHz and transfers data at up to 424 Kbits/second.
NFC is distinguished by its intuitive interface and its ability to enable largely proprietary wireless networking platforms to interoperate in a seamless manner. The primary uses are to:
Connect electronic devices, such as wireless components in a home office system or a headset with a mobile phone;
Access digital content, using a wireless device such as a cell phone to read a “smart” poster embedded with an RF tag;
Make contactless transactions, including those for payment, access and ticketing.
NFC-enabled mobile applications include:
Making payments with a wave or a touch anywhere contactless card readers have been deployed;
Reading information and “picking up” special offers, coupons and discounts from smart posters or smart billboards;
Storing tickets to access transportation gates, parking garages or get into events;
Storing personal information that will allow secure building access.