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Week 40, 2011

But the industry does not seem to have yet acknowledged that our life does not revolve around payment. The spread of the NFC infrastructure can be seen as the starting point for deployment of multiple contactless services. A NFC handset can be seen as just another well-industrialized contactless reader writer, with a good user interface and communication capabilities.

In this context uses abound, for instance, to verify transport tickets on the go, of for multiple professional applications, where an exchange between a handset and a fixed tag triggers an action. One may think, for instance, about applications for caretakers and nurses, who read tags when they arrive and leave from a patient’s house, and perform online actions to specify which type of care they have been delivering.

Another example of use of NFC handsets comes in the field of identity. Now, most of the world is equipped with electronic passports and many countries have adopted electronic IDs, driving licenses, etc. Having an easy-to-use contactless control device, opens to the development of many new applications. For instance, a NFC-enabled smartphone, with a simple app, could be used as a reader for open zones in an ID, enabling an easy check for age for access to bars or discos, or other types of light applications.

We are just starting to envision the development of NFC applications, other than payment, this week announcement of the latest iPhone, without NFC is not good news for now. Maybe, next year’s iPhone, with a full NFC ecosystem will be worth the wait.

Thierry Spanjaard

Chief Editor

Smart Insights