A New Meeting Frequency

Near-field communication (NFC) is already embedded in your personal life (whether or not you realize it), but what can it do for you professionally?

You’ve likely used radio frequency identification (RFID), a technology found in passports, debit cards and even the London Underground’s Oyster cards. The latest attention-grabbing sub-set of RFID now gaining ground is near-field communication (NFC), and it has countless applications for the meeting and event industry.

NFC allows smart devices to establish radio communication. Only one NFC device needs to be powered for communication to take place. A chip with no battery of its own can be inserted into something as small as a piece of paper. One device acts as the writer, the other as the reader. However, with two powered devices, peer-to-peer data transfer is possible. It’s similar to Bluetooth, but with three major differences.