Near Field Communications; The Next Latest Thing

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How does it work? You finish your meal at a restaurant, the bill arrives and you set your smart phone on top of it.  An electronic transaction takes place, recognizes whether or not you are a new or returning patron, and if you are a frequent visitor it applies any available coupons or credits, pays the bill and downloads/saves any coupons available for your next visit.  All this without your interaction, and no annoying check-ins needed. That was easy.

Although it has been in development for years and put into use in other countries, NFC is now rolling out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nexus S.

First there was the debut of the Bump Technology where you could 'bump' your cell phone with another (if you both have the app) to exchange contact data.  Now Near Field Communication or NFC looks like it is poised to eclipse it already by eliminating the need for contact altogether and share data between cell phones--or other devices--within a 4" range.  

Currently the Android 2.3 platform is the only one with the capability to use NFC but apps are already being written to capitalize on the possibilities and potential uses for this new-ish technology. Click here to see more.

Eventually this could serve as a secondary form of ID in some establishments where you are 'scanned' upon entry--wouldn't that make showings and open houses interesting??  You could instantly collect identification and contact information the minute a potential client walks into your listing; if they have NFC, and if they allow scanning.

The possibilities are endless. Click here or on the video below to see the Android NFC Demo.NFC

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Michelle Gardner


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Comments (12)

John Michailidis
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

Definitely cool stuff -- I hadn't heard of it.  Thanks for sharing! --JM

Jan 16, 2011 04:30 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I am a little scared of the restaurant thing...a crook who sits next to you might be able to swipe his/her receipt by your phone...but I do like the open house idea.

Jan 16, 2011 04:31 PM
Michelle Gardner
Advance Realty USA - Lutherville Timonium, MD

You're welcome JM!

Jan 16, 2011 04:31 PM
Michelle Gardner
Advance Realty USA - Lutherville Timonium, MD

Jeffrey; security has been one of the main concerns and also one of the biggest reasons it has been slow to rollout in the US.  But security has been tested and developed to the point where Google feels confident enough to have implemented it in their latest mobile OS.

Jan 16, 2011 04:33 PM
Art Hademan
Century 21 Real Estate Center - Mount Vernon, WA

What's next I wonder?

Thanks for the update!!

Jan 16, 2011 04:33 PM
Michelle Gardner
Advance Realty USA - Lutherville Timonium, MD

I wonder too Art!  You're welcome.  :)

Jan 16, 2011 04:37 PM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Wow....insane really.  It almost thinks for you!  Just amazing.  What'll they think of next?

Jan 16, 2011 04:41 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

I haven't heard of this before. I may warm up to the idea down the road. For now I'm happy with my basic dumb phone.

Jan 16, 2011 04:44 PM
Michelle Gardner
Advance Realty USA - Lutherville Timonium, MD

Larry;  It's anybody's guess where technology will take us next.

Jan 16, 2011 04:46 PM
Michelle Gardner
Advance Realty USA - Lutherville Timonium, MD

Rob; there is something to be said for having a basic phone.  For one thing, your memory will probably be better than some of us because we rely on electronics to remember everything for us.  I am lost without my gadgets! But I have lots of backup....that's going to be my next blog.  ;)

Jan 16, 2011 04:48 PM
Paul Caloca
The Papas Group (DRE #01766524) - Scotts Valley, CA

Just don't lose your phone! What a great target for theft now!

Jan 16, 2011 08:31 PM
Michelle Gardner
Advance Realty USA - Lutherville Timonium, MD

Paul;  stay tuned for my next blog.  With so much information being stored in smart phones, a new market has been created for mobile security and I'll share what I use to protect against theft, virus, damage and loss.

Jan 17, 2011 01:01 AM