About Near Field Communication (NFC)
Near Field Communication in a mobile phone makes many day-to-day tasks
more convenient for consumers. Based on a short-range wireless
connectivity, Near Field Communication is designed for intuitive, simple and
safe interaction between electronic devices. NFC communication is enabled
by bringing two NFC compatible devices within a few centimeters of one
another or for the two devices to literally “touch” one another. Handsets like
the Nokia 6131 NFC change the way consumers interact with devices and
services in their surrounding. NFC-based communication between the phone
and another device allow consumers to use a phone as travel card,
contactless credit card or for loyalty programs.
Near Field Communication is an evolution of contactless and short range RFID
technologies. For consumers, NFC offers the convenience of using multiple
services without having to carry a multitude of cards in their wallet. For
instance, a travel card stored in an NFC device like Nokia 6131 NFC may be
topped-up and paid for without the hassle of a journey and possible wait at
the next ticket counter. In most cases payments and ticketing will be the first
encounters for consumers with Near Field Communication but there are
many different scenarios for the usage of NFC.
Touch to Connect
With NFC we will be able to pick up information from our environment. NFC
allows mobile devices to read information stored in NFC-tags on everyday
objects. For example posters, bus stop signs, street signs, medicines,
certificates, food packaging and many more.
By adding NFC-tags to posters and magazine advertisements, readers can
access existing mobile services like hotlines, sms and network or internet
based content and services with their NFC phone.
Touch to Pay
NFC provides for contactless tickets and cards to be held in handsets like the
Nokia 6131 NFC. Instead of carrying transport tickets, loyalty and credit cards
separately, consumers can choose to store several cards in their NFC-enabled
mobile phone. The Nokia 6131 NFC holds a similar functionality found in
standard contactless smart cards that are used worldwide in credit cards and
tickets for public transit systems.
Once an application, for example a credit card, has been securely
provisioned to the NFC enabled phone, customers can pay by simply waving
their phone at a point-of-sale reader. At the same time the NFC-handset
offers enhanced security as each transaction requires a separate user
confirmation. For additional convenience a transaction history is easily at
hand and consumers can take part in several loyalty programs without
sacrificing space in their wallet.
Payment and ticketing applications will be stored in a secure element in the
NFC device. The secure element is a smart card chip capable of storing
multiple applications, e.g. SIM card, secure memory card or an additional
embedded smart card chip in the NFC device.
Touch to Ticket
Contactless tickets start a new era for transport and event ticketing with
their speed and flexibility. With NFC-enabled mobile phones, consumers can
buy tickets, receive them on their handset and then go through “fast track”
turnstiles while others wait. A balance can be checked online or tickets can
be updated remotely.
Additional information can be made readily available for consumers for
instance by bringing an NFC-enabled phone close to a sign with NFC-tag to
quickly download a public transport timetable.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is an evolution of contactless and short
range RFID technologies. NFC enables easy and intuitive ways of using
mobile phones with touch-based technology – operating at a distance of
only a few centimeters.
NFC is based on pre-existing contactless payment and ticketing standards
that are used on a daily basis by millions of people and devices worldwide
Nokia participates actively in developing NFC standards further through the
open NFC Forum, where Nokia is a founding member together with Philips
and Sony. Nokia aims to create an interoperable environment with other
members of the NFC Forum, in which the tags within smart objects and
devices can communicate with each other using clearly defined and
published interfaces and tag formats.
Nokia and Giesecke & Devrient have completed the foundation of a new
company called Venyon to provide services to the NFC ecosystem to manage
over-the-air (OTA) the consumers’ applications in the NFC devices. The OTA
services from Venyon will be open and available for all stakeholders in the
NFC ecosystem, including all NFC device vendors.