A wide range of new applications for NFC were revealed at the fourth international NFC Congress in Hagenberg, Austria last month, showing that the technology has far more to offer beyond just payments.
Almost 200 delegates from more than 25 countries across the globe attended the event organized by the NFC Research Lab at Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg Campus. Participants included developers, academics, technology providers and mobile operators from companies including Nokia, Research In Motion (RIM) and NXP Semiconductors.
In the IEEE Scientific Workshop, for example, representatives from UK’s Lancaster University demonstrated their NFC service that enables collective gaming on public screens via smartphones.
Scientists also revealed that they are already working on improved NFC chips allowing greater and faster data exchange, as well as a service that would allow for the personalization of commercial products.
Congress attendees received detailed technical insights in special developer workshops for Nokia Qt, Google Android and Apple iPhone. A new book on the latest advances in NFC technology, “Anwendungen und Technik von Near Field Communication,” by Dr. Josef Langer, Head of Upper Austria University’s NFC Research Lab, and his research associate, Michael Roland, MSc, was also showcased.
The conference papers of the February congress’ scientific workshop will be published by the IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.