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What can I do with NFC?


Throughout the world, a diversified and growing context of NFC use cases is currently being explored and reaching the market in the form of solutions. The use of NFC opens many possibilities as it replaces manual tasks with quick digital processes. With this technology, the user does not necessarily need to browse through menus, turning the experience more rapid and intuitive. That means easy connections, fast transactions and the simple sharing of data.

The constant technological advancement is not related only to the our need for a new way of executing daily tasks, but a result of our search for making human life better and, above all, easier. Constant improvements in the way we execute our tasks have happened due to the diversity of technologies that are being developed. Not much differently, the NFC technology is capable of changing and optimizing the way you interact with day-to-day objects. In conjunction with other proximity technologies, it allows for solutions in the control of access, connections, payments, smart objects, shared experiences, and the exchange or gathering of information and data. You may understand that better by reviewing below a number of practical NFC use cases, which simplify ordinary tasks of a normal day.


One day with NFC


Meet Eric, journalist, 32 years-old, Ana’s husband and Daniel’s father.

Eric has a busy life and uses his smart phone intensely both for work and leisure.

See how the NFC is able to help Eric in his daily tasks, whilst making them more rapid, practical, and fun.

7:00 H


At the subway station, while waiting for the next train to work, Eric notices a poster promoting a concert of Ana's favorite band, which will coincidentally take place tonight.


Eric draws near and taps the poster with his smart phone.


The time, the ticket price, and the location of the event on the map are saved in the calendar of his smart phone.

NFC to gather information

With a smart phone, it is possible to "grab" information out of any item that has an NFC tag. You just have to tap the tag with the smart phone in order to grab them. Get supplementary information, find promotional coupons, or win awards.


  • Tap a panel at the bus station with your smart phone  in order to obtain online information on the arrival times.
  • Tap a product at the supermarket with your smart phone in order to obtain nutritional information on food.
  • Tap a spot with your smart phone within a shopping mall so it checks and shows where you are, in the schematic of the building.
  • Tap objects with your smart phone at a museum in order to obtain more information.

9:00 H


Upon his arrival at work, Eric meets his partner Samuel and, while they talk, Eric receives a call from an important client.


Eric taps Samuel’s mobile phone with his smart phone.


Samuel is added to the conversation and the three of them quickly initiate a conference call.

NFC to connect

Connect your phone with another product, amplifying or swapping functionalities between them, forming a link.


  • Tap the mobile phone of your friend with yours in order to transmit a video from your device to his.
  • Tap a restaurant menu with your mobile phone to log in to the protected Wi-Fi network of the restaurant.
  • Tap a speaker with your mobile phone in order to have a better sound quality.

12:00 H


Eric leaves for lunch but, on the way, stops at a store to buy a present for Daniel, whose birthday is tomorrow.


At the entrance, he taps a totem with his mobile phone.


Eric receives recommendations for presents, in accordance with the profile of his son, of products available in that store.

NFC as context awareness

This is about the idea that devices with NFC are able to react in accordance with a context. Once the information on the context are updated and through the use of a “trigger” - an external stimulation provoked by the user - the device is able to respond in accordance with the his needs at that moment and place.


  • Tap your desk with your mobile phone in order to turn the silence mode on and connect to the Wi-Fi network of the company.
  • Tap a poster with your mobile phone in order to turn the silence mode on prior to entering the movie theater.
  • Tap the support of your car with your mobile phone in order to turn on the Bluetooth, GPS, and the map application.

12:30 H


Hence the time left for lunch is short, Eric decides to go to a fast restaurant.


At the table, he taps the menu with his mobile phone, on the option of dish desired.


The payment is made and the order is immediately forwarded to the kitchen.

NFC to pay

One of the most widely known forms of use of NFC may start from a simple financial transaction to an alternative to easy shopping and the end of standing in line to pay. That way, the satisfaction of the client is ensured. Because of that, companies such as Google, Visa, and Verizon, among others, are already investing in that idea.


  • Tap a poster with your mobile phone in order to buy a product and have it delivered at your home.
  • Tap a payment machine with your mobile phone in order to pay at the exit of a parking lot.
  • Tap a poster with your mobile phone in order to donate money to a charity institution.

17:00 H


After work, as usual, Eric goes to the gym.


At the entrance, Eric taps it with his NFC identification bracelet to the turnstile and walks right in.

NFC to access

As a form of personal identification, the NFC tag or the NFC device represents you. It provides credentials for access control systems, thus granting admittance in physical or digital environments.


  • Tap the door of your home with your NFC bracelet in order to open it.
  • Tap the computer with your mobile phone in order to access a web service.
  • Tap your mobile phone with your NFC bracelet in order to unlock it.

17:05 H


At the gym, Eric looks for his trainer, Alex, to receive the exercises of the day.


Eric taps Alex’s cell phone with his own mobile phone to obtain information on Eric’s performance in the exercises from the previous week.


And he receives information regarding the exercises of today.

NFC to share

Sharing data directly between two mobile phones, though simpler and faster. The widely known "share" function, with the use of touch for permission of NFC makes the process more streamlined and with less steps..


  • Tap your NFC bracelet the mobile phone of your doctor in order to share your medical history.
  • Tap the mobile phone to a computer or another mobile phone in order to share an internet connection.
  • Tap a computer with your mobile phone in order to share a playlist.

18:30 H


Finally at home, Eric meets Ana, his wife, and his son Daniel again.


Together, they play with an “interactive” book from which Daniel learns mathematics in an entertaining way.

NFC in smart objects

Using the mobile phone and NFC tags, it is possible to add new ways of interacting with objects. Ordinary objects of our day to day life become ever more singular.


  • Tap a teddy bear with your mobile phone in order to learn other languages.
  • Tap a photograph in an album with your mobile phone in order to download it.
  • Tap a pen drive with your mobile phone in order to transmit content.

19:30 H


Distracted with the book, they fail to cook dinner and there is nothing interesting in the refrigerator.


Eric sees a magnet of his favorite pizzeria on the refrigerator and taps it with his mobile phone.


A call to the pizzeria is immediately initiated.

NFC in contextual action

By means of an NFC tag, the user is proposed to take an action which is convenient to an immediate desire of the user. Just like a shortcut, it eliminates steps and saves time.


  • Tap a spot at the entrance of a shop with your mobile phone to like it on Facebook. 
  • Tap a spot at the entrance of a shop with your mobile phone to follow it on Twitter.
  • Tap a spot at the entrance of a shop with your mobile phone in order to have it saved to “my contact list”.

21:00 H


After Daniel has fallen asleep, Eric and Ana leave him under the care of the baby sitter and, together, go the concert of the band which will take place in a few minutes.


They cannot miss to have records of the concert. They tap one another’s mobile phone and initiate a connection.


With their mobile phones connected, Eric and Ana start taking pictures together.

NFC in shared experiences

You and someone else will experience the same activity, at the same moment. Instead of just sharing lived experiences, it will allow you to live shared experiences. Together is the key-word.


  • Tap the mobile phone of your friend’s with your own and record audio together.
  • Tap the mobile phone of your friend’s with your own and play a game together.
  • Tap the mobile phone of your friend’s with your own and listen to a song together.

Many of the instances of use here are already taking their first steps, whilst others are just ideas to be developed. The possibilities are wide ranged and inspiring. And you? How about having your idea?

Last edited Aug 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM by MiltonOnodera, version 5