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Top 10 Ways NFC is used in Everyday Life

  • Akansha Sharma
  • Dec 07, 2023
  • RFID
Top 10 Ways NFC is used in Everyday Life

NFC (near-field communication) is a short-range communication technology which has seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, offering various applications that simplify tasks and enhance user experiences. From contactless payments, information sharing, and access control to smart home automation, NFC devices are used for simplifying our lives in various distinct ways.

Near Field Communication: Things to Know

NFC was invented by Sony and NXP Semiconductors in 2002. After that, Nokia, Philips, and Sony collaborated to launch the NFC Forum to add further technological advancements in NFC technology in 2004. The NFC forum has previously helped large multinational corporations (MNCs), like Samsung and Apple, use NFC technology to create a secure contactless payment service for their smartphones. They have contributed to the commercialization of NFC across a range of industries.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is all around us in the form of either a smartphone feature or NFC-based credit and debit cards, smart cards for access control or identity cards. Let’s see more ways NFC is used in our day-to-day lives:

Top 10 Ways NFC is used in Everyday Life

NFC technology allows devices to wirelessly exchange data with other NFC-supported devices. Here are the top 10 ways NFC is used in everyday life: 

1. NFC used in cars 

NFC in a car can be very helpful to you. If you place an NFC tag in your car, turn on the Bluetooth system of the car whenever you hop on. Your smartphone automatically detects that you're on board and will turn on the Bluetooth and sync your car and your mobile device which allows making hands-free calls, listening to music or a podcast, etc. You can also use NFC on your smartphone to unlock your car.
2. Contactless Payments 

One of the main uses of NFC technology in our everyday lives is to make contactless payments in any store. For NFC payments, even your smartphone can act as an NFC reader; you just need to bring your device closer to the payment terminal. With a simple tap, users can complete transactions, eliminating the need for physical cash or traditional payment methods.
3. Access Control

NFC helps provide a secure solution to access a particular building or specific areas as well. NFC access control is a keyless door entry technique that requires a smartphone device for authentication. NFC-enabled cards or smartphones grant access to restricted areas. It enhances security and streamlines entry processes in various environments.
4. Smart home automation

NFC technology automates our smart homes. An NFC tag placed near doors, garages, or hallways is programmed to perform a particular task by tapping on a smartphone against it, including turning lights on and off, changing room temperature, unlocking doors, and setting timers.
5. NFC-based Information Sharing

NFC facilitates seamless information exchange by establishing a peer-to-peer connection between two NFC-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, or speakers. Tapping two NFC-enabled devices together enables users to share contacts, photos, or text files.
6. Product Authentication

NFC helps in verifying the authenticity of a product. An NFC tag contains a unique ID number for each item, which helps the manufacturer track and traces each product easily. Consumers can also tap their smartphones on NFC tags to access information about the product's origin, ensuring trust and transparency. NFC tags prevent products from counterfeiting and tampering.
7. Bluetooth Pairing with NFC

NFC enables a fast and accurate pairing of Bluetooth devices. For example, it is a quick and reliable way to pair a smartphone with Bluetooth speakers. It doesn't require any manual setup; you just need to make sure that Bluetooth and NFC are enabled on both devices. Bluetooth pairing allows devices to connect with a simple tap.
8. Public Transportation with NFC

NFC technology can simplify our everyday travel, from buying tickets to boarding public transport. NFC cards or mobile apps in public transportation systems simplify our everyday commute. Users can swiftly tap their cards or phones to access buses, trains, or subways, transforming the way we travel.
9. Interactive Marketing with NFC

NFC technology provides an interactive marketing solution. It is a proximity-based marketing strategy that uses NFC tags to interact with a physical object. The marketing team can create an interactive advertisement with the help of NFC stickers on signage and banners. A consumer can access the information on the item through ads, photos, or videos by tapping on the sticker.
10. Healthcare facilities with NFC

NFC technology in healthcare facilitates a fast registration process for patients, provides secure patient identification, and collects real-time data from patients. NFC has been used in healthcare for a variety of applications, including home monitoring, medication, and product authentication.

To conclude, NFC technology provides improvements in various sectors to enhance our quality of life. Near-field communication is helping users by simplifying everyday tasks such as contactless payment making, smart home automation, and information sharing through NFC, public transportation, and healthcare facilities.

More Cool Ways to Use NFC Technology

1.Smart Clothes

NFC tags in clothing provide information about fabric care instructions and origin, turn your phone on silent mode during meetings, and even connect to a personalized digital wardrobe app.

2. Digital NFC Tattoos

NFC tags are incorporated with digital tattoos, developed by VivaLnk, which is an electronic skin with an embedded NFC tag. They are thin adhesive, worn around the wrist, and can communicate seamlessly with a smartphone. These can be programmed to share contact information, and social media profiles, or even launch specific apps.

3. NFC-based Wedding Invitations

NFC-based wedding invitations are different from traditional wedding cards. NFC in wedding cards converts an ordinary wedding invitation into an interactive wedding invitation. For example, guests can simply tap on their smartphones to RSVP (reservation protocol) to access venue details and view event updates.

4. Smart Shelves: Talking with NFC

NFC tags can be helpful in retail by placing them on shelves to convert them into talking shelves. When shoppers come upon a shelf tag, they may obtain and share beneficial content such as special discounts, instructive videos, or recipes.

5. NFC Passports

NFC tags on a smart passport. A special “passport” can be affixed to the back of the customer’s mobile phone. Enhance the security and efficiency of passport control with NFC-enabled passports. Expedite the immigration process with a simple tap.

6. Anti-theft NFC Handbags

Protect your valuables by integrating NFC tags into handbags. Receive instant alerts if your bag moves beyond a designated range or someone tries to tamper with it. In case you’ve lost your handbags, you can find out when and where they were manufactured. It can also generate detailed logs, which you can use, to trace your bag if it is stolen.

7. NFC Business Cards

NFC business cards are physical cards enhanced with NFC technology. When you tap your NFC business card in front of any NFC reader device, say a smartphone, it will read the card information and display it right out. You can share your contact details, portfolio links, or social media profiles with a quick tap.

8. Secure Wi-Fi with NFC Tags

NFC technology simplifies the process of sharing Wi-Fi passwords by placing an NFC tag in your home or office. Guests can connect instantly with a tap.

9. Pet Identification

NFC tags attached to a collar strap ensure the safety of your pet. For example, individuals can write data on the NFC tag, such as pet names, medical records, contact information for the owner, and other information, to prevent it from getting lost.

10. Navigation with NFC tags

NFC technology on cars: attaching an NFC label to the dashboard to turn on the navigation mode of a smartphone after placing the smartphone on the NFC label. NFC technology simplifies navigation in large venues or cities by placing NFC tags at key locations. Visitors can tap their smartphones for instant directions.

11. NFC Key Fobs

NFC (HF RFID) key fobs are replacing traditional keys for access control to homes, offices, or vehicles. Enjoy enhanced security and convenience.

12. Hotspot sharing with NFC Tag

An NFC-based anti-metal tag strategically placed on walls, objects, or checkpoints to enable the Wi-Fi hotspot of a smartphone. So, you can just tap on that tag to turn on the hotspot.

13. Quick Dial with NFC Tag

Use NFC tags for quick dialing someone, such as an ambulance, police, or firefighter. Also, when you need to call a person several times a day, You can use an NFC tag programmed to quick dial and put it on a wall or your workstation.

14. Smart Ring

NFC-based rings are nothing but smart wearable rings with the capabilities of NFC technology. It enables all NFC operations, like making payments in retailers, opening car doors remotely, or using it on behalf of a bus card to pay for your ride.

15. Laundry Management with NFC Tag

Using NFC laundry tags for laundry management to track and identify the individual's clothes quickly and precisely helps various businesses for applications like the cloth printing and dyeing industry, the laundry industry, and medical logistics.

16. Motion timing with NFC Tag

NFC technology into devices that detect motion, allowing for precise synchronization of events based on user behavior. Each participant wears an NFC-enabled tag, and strategically placed checkpoints equipped with NFC readers record the runners' times as they pass.

17. NFC Implant Tag

NFC implant tags are embedded under the skin, typically in the hand, and based on NFC technology. These implantable tags, which are pre-programmed to function much like traditional NFC cards or stickers, enable individuals to interact with compatible devices, access secure areas, or even store personal information with a simple wave of their hand.

RFID implants are also in trends which people are using for access control, identification, and Individual and pet tracking purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions related to NFC

 Q1) Where is NFC commonly used?

 NFC technology is commonly used for making contactless payments. Smartphones, ATM cards (debit or credit), and other smart cards featuring NFC technology.

 Q2) What are the two types of NFC devices?

  • Active NFC device: These devices can send and receive information. They can read, store, and update the information on the NFC tags.
  • Passive NFC device: A passive NFC device can only transmit information when read by active devices because it doesn’t have a power source and can only connect to active devices.

Q3) What are the benefits of NFC?

1. It is a more secure technology than traditional credit or debit cards for payments.

2. Easy and secure access control

3. Highly scalable technology facilitates adaptation by any industry.

4. easy transportability with less effort.

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  • Created on Nov 28, 2023

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