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May 27, 2012

The Biggest Tech Disruption: Near field Communications(NFC)

NFC is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4 cm or less. NFC operates at 13.56 
 on ISO/IEC 18000-3 air interface and at rates ranging from 106 kbit/s to 424 kbit/sInfographic source :NFC Evolution

NFC traces its roots back to Radio-frequency identification, or RFID. RFID allows a reader to send radio waves to a passive electronic tag for identification and tracking.
NFC Evolution and History
  • 1983 The first patent to be associated with the abbreviation RFID was granted to Charles Walton
  • 2004 Nokia, Philips and Sony established the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum
  • 2006 Initial specifications for NFC Tags
  • 2006 Nokia 6131 was the first NFC phone
  • 2010 Samsung Nexus S: First Android NFC phone shown[
  • 2011 Google I/O "How to NFC" demonstrates NFC to initiate a game and to share a contact, URL, app, video, etc.
  • 2011 NFC support becomes part of the Symbian mobile operating system with the release of Symbian Anna version.
  • 2011 RIM 2011 is the 1st  company to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide, the functionality of PayPass
Some  of the applications which NFC will enable are

NFC Services in hotels, taxis, ticket offices…

NFC gadgets: routers, wireless speakers, headphones

1/5 of smartphones will be NFC-enabled by 2014

NFC may have a positive environmental impact as it decreases the number of paper receipts.

NFC  usage across Enterprise to grow exponentially by 2016.

NFC in tablets and social network

NFC and social network

NFC would  enable  use of electronic payments 

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