Mobile technologies are evolving at an astonishing rate, and the progress of these devices is leaving experts amazed and surprised. Some of them did predict that smartphones and tablets were going to revolutionize our world, but even the most ambitious predictions are falling short of what reality is presenting to us. Of course, the progress is just starting, and we can only dream of what will happen in a few years time. Among the most exciting features that mobile devices are bringing with them is the ability to transform them into almost anything and their versatility is allowing them to be used in various ways and for different purposes. Near Field Communication is one of the additions which enables mobile devices to share and collect data in a fast and efficient manner, and this new system is becoming increasingly popular all over the globe.
Near Field Communication is a system based on short-range wireless technology, and this method of transporting data is proving to be highly efficient and straightforward.
Simplicity and ease of use are the primary attributes of this system, and users who used NFC are having only positive impressions about the technology. Near Field Communication only operates on small distances, approximately 4 cm or less, and it uses ISM band radio frequency of 13.56 MHz.
The simplicity of the system is astonishing, and we all know that great ideas are usually the most simple ones. No additional cables or ports is needed, and you only need to have an Android smartphone that has Near Field Communication integrated into its system to start using the benefits of this technology.
Comparisons with Bluetooth and InfraRed communications are inevitable, but Near Field Communication is more advanced because users do not have to enter the system and activate the connection, and this allows for a much faster access to information and more efficient transfer of data. Communication can be established in between two Android phones, or between an Android device and an NFC tag. NFC tags are small chips which can receive and store data, similar to a USB or a memory card, and they can be used in various ways. The most common format of data which is used with this technology is called NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format), but other, more traditional formats are also frequently used.
Many areas of human life could be affected by the development of this technology, and Near Field Communication is used in payments, public transit, social media, and so on. Smartphones can turn into “digital wallets”, “swipe cards” or some similar device, and one of the primary advantages of Near Field Communication is the fact that these chips can receive and send the signal at the same time.
The ease of use and the possibilities of further upgrades are making NFC a very exciting area, and companies that manage to push this technology into massive production will reap the rewards of their vision, and the entire global society could benefit from the idea as well.