Near Field Communication (NFC) the Global Jack of All Trade – 06/16/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

Your cell phone as your only tool……even your future driver’s license and your passport, without even mentioning your credit cards and your other cash substitutes……;+)

Emerging NFC standards allow customers to quickly purchase products and transfer secure information by touching devices. NFC allows companies to reduce staffing, printing, and point of sale costs. Globally, 100 million people use mobile payment outside the U.S., but only 3.5 million use the technology in the U.S.[5]


Mobile payment: An NFC device could make a payment like a credit or debit card by touching a payment terminal at checkout or a vending machine.[6][7]

PayPal: PayPal may start a commercial NFC service in the second half of 2011.[8][9]

Ticketing: Tap an NFC device to purchase rail, metro, airline, movie, concert, or event tickets.[6][10][11]

Boarding pass: NFC devices can act as a boarding pass reducing check-in delays and staffing requirements.[6]

Point of Sale: Tap an SmartPoster tag to see information, listen to an audio clip, watch a video, or see a movie trailer.[12][13]

Coupons: Tapping an NFC tag on a retail display or SmartPoster could give the user a coupon for the product.[12][13]

Tour guide: Tap a passive NFC tag for information or an audio or video presentation at a museum, monument, or retail display (much like a QR Code).[7][13]

Identity documents

ID card: An NFC enabled device can also act as an encrypted student, employee, or personal ID card or medical ID card.[12]

Keycard: NFC enabled devices can serve as car, house, and office keys.[12]

Rental Car and hotel keys: NFC rental car or hotel room keys allow fast VIP check-in and reduce staffing requirements.[7][14]

Social networking

File Sharing: Tap one NFC device to another to instantly share a contact, photo, song, application, or video link.[7]

Electronic business card: Tap one NFC device to another to instantly share electronic business cards or resumes [6][15]

Electronic money: To pay a friend, tap the devices and enter the amount of the payment.

Mobile gaming: Tap one NFC device to another to enter a multiplayer game.[7][16]

Friend-to-friend: Tap NFC devices to friend each other or share a resume or to “check-in” at a location.[13]

Bluetooth and WiFi Connections

Bluetooth: Instant Bluetooth Pairing saves searching, waiting, and entering codes. Just tap the NFC enabled devices for instant Bluetooth pairing.[12][7]

WiFi: Instant WiFi Configuration configure a device to a WiFi network. Just tap an NFC device to an NFC enabled router.[12]
Only one caveat : Ensuring security for NFC data will require the cooperation of multiple parties: device providers, who will need to safeguard NFC-enabled phones with strong cryptography and authentication protocols; customers, who will need to protect their personal devices and data with passwords, keypad locks, and anti-virus software; and application providers and transaction parties, who will need to use anti-virus and other security solutions to prevent spyware and malware from infecting systems.

Big Hugs and Kisses to All’+)


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