White Paper Predicts Success For NFC

    August 16, 2006

Near Field Communication (NFC) should take off in the near future, according to a white paper released by Innovision Research & Technology.

The company, which is described as “a leading NFC/RFID IC Design and solutions provider,” thinks “the market is set for widespread adoption across a whole range of applications.”

MoreRFID carried the news of this forecast. Innovision Research & Technology believes that “initial mass market NFC applications are likely to build on existing communications infrastructure and user behaviour, where the user benefits are most compelling, the business case is the strongest and the commercial risks are the lowest.”

Others in the field also see a widespread adoption, and some have specific figures.

The same article included a prediction from ABI Research. This company said that “by 2009, 50 per cent of all mobile handsets will be NFC-enabled.”

That application would fall directly into the “peer to peer” area for application, according to Innovision Research & Technology’s system of categorization.

This is defined as “where NFC is used to enable communication between two devices, such as a mobile phone, laptop, printer, set top box, etc.”

Another area is “service initiation,” “where NFC is used to unlock’ another service, such as opening another communication link for data transfer.”

The last category is “payment and ticketing,” “where NFC will build on the emerging smart ticketing and electronic payment infrastructures.”

Concerning this last area, the article notes that “many banks and mobile operators are interested in offering payment and ticketing applications on phones, and trials by the likes of Visa and MasterCard are already underway in Europe and the US.” That’s a good sign for NFC.


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