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Near Field Communication Radio-Frequency Identification RFID

Near Field Communication has technology derived from the basis of radio-frequency identification RFID technology. RFID is the use of a radio wave to send information to an electronic tag that is adhered to an object of some form. The devices using RFID must possess a RRID chip as well as an antenna to work properly. RFID devices generally are equipped to transmit around two thousand bytes of data. A scanner or reader is required to read the data that was sent through the radio wave to the electronic tag though radio-frequency identification technology is thought to be more easily used than barcodes. This is because RFID tags or devices can be scanned from multiple feet away from a scanner and still pick up accurate information. Barcodes, on the other hand, have to be scanned within a few inches to get a proper reading. This technology has been around for years and is continually improving and providing a basis for newer technologies such as that of the NFC technology. 


Advancement of NFC Technology After the Development of RFID:

  • 1983- Charles Walton was granted the very first patent that was attached to the abbreviated form of radio frequency identification, RFID.
  • 2004-Major companies such as Sony and Philips worked together to create the NFC forum in efforts to increase the popularity and understanding of Near Field Communication technology.
  • 2006- NFC Tags were developed with the first set of specifications.
  • 2006- “SmartPosters” were developed.
  • 2009- The first Near Field Communication technology phone was developed. The Nokia 6131 was the only phone equipped with NFC equipment though the equipment was not very advanced. 
  • 2010- The first NFC Smartphone, the Andriod, was developed. 
  • 2011- Users with NFC capable smartphones are able to start games with other NFC smartphone users and share data with a simple tap of the phone.