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NFC and the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things or IoT, promises a world in which physical objects of all kinds — from household systems to health monitors — are able to collect and exchange data. It’s an attractive prospect, enabling remarkable efficiency and productivity, less data re-entry, easier control, and the many benefits of data analytics.

Challenges in implementing IoT

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With 38.5 billion connected devices expected by the end of 2020 and over one billion NFC-enabled devices already in the market, NFC is playing a key role in making the Internet of Things a working reality.

As the Internet of Things grows, there will be challenges

For example:

  1. How can you ensure a network connection for an object?
  2. How do connected objects know a user’s intent?
  3. What about security?
  4. And how do you connect unpowered objects that lack nearby Internet access?

NFC answers all of these questions by delivering:

  1. Easy Network Access And Data Sharing
    NFC makes the process of connecting devices easy and intuitive. There’s no lengthy handshaking or data entry requirements. Just tap and go.
  2. User Control With Expressed Intent
    NFC offers a simple, intuitive means of indicating the user’s intent to initiate action. A quick tap makes it clear.
  3. Data Security At Multiple Levels
    Wide-open networks allow opportunities for hackers. NFC counters with built-in features that limit opportunities for eavesdropping, and easy-to-deploy options for additional protections to match each use case
  4. The Ability To Connect The Unconnected
    NFC solves the problem of unpowered objects that lack network access. By embedding NFC tags in unpowered, unconnected objects, you can add intelligence anywhere. With a tap of an NFC-enabled device, it can open a URL and provide access to online information.

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