A new wireless reality

Near Field Communication technology now allows two devices equipped with NFC chips to exchange data when they are in close proximity to each other


Using NFC, you can share videos, music, photos and product information just by waving the phone at the receiving/sending device or by tapping at those devices. Photo: Reuters
Using NFC, you can share videos, music, photos and product information just by waving the phone at the receiving/sending device or by tapping at those devices. Photo: Reuters

Imagine paying for groceries with the mere touch of your phone to a machine on the payment counter of the supermarket. No need to carry a fat wallet full of plastic—debit, credit and brand loyalty cards.

This is a wireless reality that has already taken birth in several parts of the world.

What is making this dream come true is a technology known as Near Field Communication (NFC), which allows two devices equipped with NFC chips to exchange data when they are in close proximity to each other (a distance of only a few centimetres). Using NFC, you can share videos, music, photos and product information just by waving the phone at the receiving/sending device or by tapping at those devices.

Used in the US, Japan and Europe and witnessing a rapid growth, NFC, sooner or later, is expected to become common in India as well. All the leading mobile handset companies have already come out with NFC-enabled handsets and the number is only expected to grow in the years ahead.