Though NFC technology is nothing new, more credit and debit cards, smartphones and watches, transport passes and other items are using it to help us transfer data and make quick and easy purchases. Here we tell you what it’s all about.
NFC, which stands for “near-field communication”, is technology that enables the transfer of data between devices that are in close proximity to each other.
It works via a magnetic field between the devices’ coiled antennae that establishes either a one-way (e.g. paying with a contactless credit card) or two-way connection (e.g. sharing images between mobile phones).
Contactless connections that make our day-to-day more efficient
NFC technology has many uses. However, it’s probably most known for contactless payments. To buy goods in many establishments, all we have to do is move a debit or credit card close to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal that also uses NFC. The same goes for when we pay with a virtual wallet or online banking app on a mobile phone or smartwatch.
It also has other benefits:
NFC has become a trusted partner in our daily routine. Among its benefits are speed (connections are almost instantaneous); comfort (through automation); and security (a key challenge in the digital world), though it’s important to point out that NFC is not an authentication tool.
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