What is Near Field Communication (NFC)

by Arpit Verma on December 31, 2011

We at Blogtechnika are always your source to bring the latest News from the Tech World but also to solve and tell you in the simplest of words what a latest technology means? The terminology doing the latest Rounds is NFC or Near Field Communication. I am sure you all have seen the latest Advertisement on Television of Nokia where just a single tap of the phone leads to the sharing of Data. To put it in simple terms, NFC is the latest technique to share the data just like Bluetooth was in the hay day. NFC is without a doubt going to be the latest hit and it is actually capable of not just data transfer but also enables your smartphones to make various payments just like using your credit credit. To look t the more formal definition for a hardcore geek, this is what NFC is according to Wikipedia.

Near field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters. Present and anticipated applications include contactless transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as Wi-Fi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a “tag”.”

So NFC is basically is a way of data transfer when there is a contact between the two enabled devices with NFC. So far NFC is only activated on Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, HTC Amaze, few Nokia devices and a few of other Blackberry Smartphones. There is also a lot of speculation that Windows Phone 7 would also enable NFC alongside the iPhone 5 that is on its way. NFC is way faster than Bluetooth or any other way of transferring data over a mobile device and once things like Google Wallet become even more popular NFC would have even bigger application and we would see it being used even more extensively.

A more detailed and apt comparison with bluetooth is “NFC and Bluetooth are both short-range communication technologies which are integrated into mobile phones. As described in technical detail below, NFC operates at slower speeds than Bluetooth, but consumes far less power and doesn’t require pairing. NFC sets up faster than standard Bluetooth”.

NFC is also prone to attacks and therefore so far is not a part of ISO Standard!

Here is a wonderful infographic thanks to the Folks at NFC Rumors that gives us a wonderful insight to what NFC is, devices running this technology and its future Application.

nfc1 What is Near Field Communication (NFC)

So what do you think of NFC? Did you find this post helpful? What do you think is the future of NFC? Do let us know in the comments section.

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