NFC technology is a standards-based wireless communication technology that allows data to be exchanged between devices that are a few centimeters apart. NFC operates at 13.56 MHz and transfers data at up to 424 Kbits/second.


NFC is distinguished by its intuitive interface and its ability to enable largely proprietary wireless networking platforms to interoperate in a seamless manner. The primary uses are to:


Connect electronic devices, such as wireless components in a home office system or a headset with a mobile phone


Access digital content, using a wireless device such as a cell phone to read a “smart” poster embedded with an RF tag


Make contactless transactions, including those for payment, access and ticketing


NFC-enabled mobile applications include:


Making payments with a wave or a touch anywhere contactless card readers have been deployed


Reading information and “picking up” special offers, coupons and discounts from smart posters or smart billboards


Storing tickets to access transportation gates, parking garages or get into events


Storing personal information that will allow secure building access


When used for mobile contactless payment, NFC-enabled mobile phones incorporate smart chips (called secure elements) that allow the phones to securely store the payment application and consumer account information and to use the information as a “virtual payment card.” NFC payment transactions between a mobile phone and a POS terminal use the standard ISO/IEC 14443 communication protocol currently used by EMV and U.S. contactless credit and debit cards.


NFC-enabled mobile phones can also be used for chip-enabled mobile marketing applications – coupons, loyalty programs and other marketing offers that can add significant value for merchants, issuers and the mobile ecosystem.


NFC will soon be available as standard functionality in many mobile phones and will allow consumers to perform safe contactless transactions, access digital content, and connect electronic devices simply. An NFC chip in a mobile device can act as a card or a reader or both, enabling consumer devices to share information and to make secure payments quickly.

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