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A deeper look into NFC mobile chips

Business Technology | June 1, 2011

The payment systems we use are not very complicated, but what if they could be even more straightforward? NFC (Near Field Communication) technology is hoping to achieve that. NFC mobile chips hope to change our current payment systems by letting us transmit data from one device to another, at close range.

How will we use it?

NFC mobile chips will be incorporated into smartphones to make it easier than ever to pay for your groceries. Most of us have our phones with us at all times anyway, so using them to pay for everything seems like the next logical step.

By integrating NFC chips into smartphones, users should be able to store their credit card information on their phones. Then, when they are at a business that utilizes the technology, they can simply scan their phones to purchase at the register.

Google Wallet

Google is the first technology giant to release a mobile payment system. Google Wallet is currently available on the Android Nexus S and may possibly work with other smartphones through an NFC-enabled sticker. Various retailers have signed on to work with Google Wallet.

Since the mobile payments industry is going to be such a game-changer, it is unlikely that Apple, RIM, and other smartphone makers will be willing to open their platforms up to Google Wallet. These companies, instead, will most likely be coming out with their own mobile payment systems in the near future.

Other potential uses

NFC mobile chips will likely soon be doing much more than just helping you pay for your coffee. Some of those possible uses include:

  • Replace passports and boarding passes
  • Products may have RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags on them that you can scan as a way to gather information.
  • Pet tags may soon have RFID tags attached that you can scan if you find a lost puppy.
  • Replace keys – no more clunky key chains!

NFC technology is one of the most significant advancements in payments we have seen in a long time.

For more information on NFC mobile chips and how they work, take a look at this article.


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