Implementation of Near field communication: Part II
Now that all my readers should be fully familiar with NFC let us take one last look at everything that will likely be revolutionized by near field communication. I?m warning you now: the content of this article may cause you to immediately run out to the store and buy an NFC enabled cell phone. Honestly, I can?t give myself that much credit but I hope to at least help to sway you towards considering getting on board with near field communication. The following ideas are borrowed from this article.
Imagine going to the baseball field and simply waving your phone past the check in booth to gain entry to a major league game. Imagine boarding a train or bus by simply waving your phone past an NFC hotspot. All of these things can and most likely will be possible with NFC. ?NFC can be utilised anywhere a ticket needs to be acquired to gain entry, an NFC phone and reader would be able to do the same thing. Lots of ticketing companies are already using passive NFC tags inside tickets to allow entry into their stadiums. Using a phone would just be the next logical step, which saves posting the ticket out, and from makes the path from purchase to redemption seamless and secure.?
Any fan of video games will know full well the importance of having the right key card to enter the specific door. Now instead of needing a specific key or a specific card, all of the areas you are cleared to enter or even your own house or apartment can be accessed by simply waving your phone past the receiver placed next to the door. This technology should probably be paired with another form of biometrics as it seems anyone with your phone could access anywhere. Perhaps a fingerprint scan, retina scan or even something as simple as a few digits to enter on your cell phone as a password would be practical. ?Lots of offices already have key fobs that you scan to gain access into the building, and these could be replaced with NFC capable phones. This technology can also be used for access to your home, cars and hotels.?
And, last but not least, MONEY!
I know I?ve touched on this before and it may seem like I?m beating a dead horse but using NFC to replace your wallet or even to make occasional purchases is the most practical and impressive feature that NFC can bring to the consumer. Simply needing to swipe your phone past the card reader to pay for your products is quicker, easier and much more fun than any other form of payment especially because the customer will probably already be talking or texting on that phone at the time of the transaction anyway! ?The exchange of money is a little more complicated, as there are multiple levels of security to implement and your NFC phone would have to be registered with a wireless payment system like Barclaycard Contactless. Mainstream adoption of this is predicted over the next couple of years. The current Barclaycard system is operational up to £15, and will replace monetary exchanges for things like lunch, coffees and newspapers. Coins are SO last year.?
Note: The quotes that mixed in throughout this article are borrowed from the previously mentioned article that is linked to towards the top of the article.