NFC (Near Field Communication) is a short-range communication technology for mobile phones. It's similar to Bluetooth and has a range of about 10 centimeters. NFC is set to provide more flexibility toward more complex mobile interactions including:
- Vard emulation: the NFC device behaves like an existing contactless card
- Reader mode: the NFC device is active and read a passive RFID tag, for example for interactive advertising
- P2P mode: two NFC devices are communicating together and exchanging information.
- Mobile ticketing in public transport � an extension of the existing contactless infrastructure.
- Mobile payment � the device acts as a debit/ credit payment card.
- Smart poster � the mobile phone is used to read RFID tags on outdoor billboards in order to get info on the move.
- Bluetooth pairing � in the future pairing of Bluetooth 2.1 devices with NFC support will be as easy as bringing them close together and accepting the pairing. The process of activating Bluetooth on both sides, searching, waiting, pairing and authorization will be replaced by a simple "touch" of the mobile phones.
- Consider the intuitive simplicity of holding an NFC-enabled mobile phone close to a terminal to purchase products or services
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