NFC

NFC is a new and rapidly developing near field contact free technology, which allows you to use your cell phone in an entirely new way and more widely than you are used to.


NFC tehnoloogia (Near Field Communication) allows near field contact free authentication and payment operations – to pay for services and products, receive information, open doors, provide authorization, etc. With the help of NFC, the contact free connection of a module inside the cell phone and a terminal takes place at a distance of 2-3 cm, utilizing radio communication.

NFC makes everyday operations convenient and easy, since smart technology allows you to forego bank and client cards, keys, printed materials, etc. All of the above is replaced by NFC software on your cell phone, which is used similarly to a standard card payment.

NFC is used in many areas of life:

  • Banking services – payments with the help of a contact free and virtual bank card
  • Retail – payments, combining client cards, forwarding coupons and product information
  • Ticket services – public transport and event tickets, e-ticket and m-ticket payments
  • Administration – authorization and access systems, m-keys
  • Health care – authorization and gathering analyses
  • Advertising and marketing – collecting, exchanging and forwarding information
  • Social networks – authorization, sharing and collecting information
     

NFC contact free transactions go in two directions: payment solutions and NFC tags. The possibilities for using tags are nearly endless. They can be programmed to do basically anything – from saving business card information and phone numbers to opening gates and doors.

To use NFC services you need an NFC-enabled smartphone. To make payments, you need a SIM card with enhanced functionality, which ensures the highest level of security.

Advantages of NFC:

  • Intuitive and simple – to perform a transaction all you need to do is bring the phone within the vicinity of an NFC tag or payment terminal.
  • Multifaceted – ideally suited to services in many areas of life
  • Secure – works securely at a distance of only a few centimeters
  • Open and standardized – NFC technology meets ISO, ECMA and ETSI standards
  • Compatible – compatible with existing contact free technologies

Good to know!

In order to determine the possibilities of using NFC technology in your business, send an e-mail to info@telia.ee with a short description of your company and the services you offer. We will help your company in every way possible in developing new solutions.

Near Field Communication is a collection of standards permitting a near field radio connection between smartphones and other electronic devices (terminals). To create a connection, place the devices within a few centimeters of one another.
Smartphones equipped with an NFC module are also able to establish connections with passive, ring antennae and memory chip equipped NFC tags.


Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is a technology that uses radio waves to tag objects (and living creatures) and track them automatically.
RFID technology is a part of the Auto-ID (Automatic Identification) category of systems, which allows for objects to be automatically identified without the aid of a person.

NFC is a wireless near field radio communication technology that is part of the RFID product family, operating on a frequency of 13.56 MHz and ensuring a secure communication channel between devices at a distance of 0 to 4 cm. The NFC standard is set as a substandard of RFID technology, specifically to create and provide secure mobile services.

NFC consists of miniature loop-inductor antennae, with one in the phone and the other in another device or NFC tag that is compatible with and interacts with the phone. The relatively precise orientation of loop-inductor antennas ensures that a secure channel of communication is formed between the devices.

In 2003, the NFC standard was adopted and approved. In 2004, the international NFC Forum was created by the founding members Nokia, Philips and Sony, to develop and propagate NFC standard based services. Today, the NFC Forum has 170 members, including, among others, recognized brands such as MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Texas Instruments, NEC, Samsung, Ericsson, Sony, LG, Docomo, GSMA, and many others.

In 2007, the first NFC phone, the NOKIA 6131, went on sale.

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With the help of NFC, the application installed on the SIM card is connected to the payment terminal at a distance of 2-3 cm, using radio communication.
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Good to know!

In order to ensure a secure NFC transaction, make sure that the phone has a MasterCard or VISA certificate. See here

The NFC tag is a memory card equipped with a miniature antenna, the information saved on which can be read with an NFC reader or an NFC phone. The shape and size of the NFC tag varies, and they can be added to stickers, keychains, wristbands, etc. The possibilities of using tags are almost endless.

To configure the NFC tag, download the free Telia NFC Starter app from Google Play!
You can use the app to save on the tag the selected operation, which the phone will perform once it touches the tag.

For example, with one touch of the tag, you can perform the following operations:

In your car: switch on Bluetooth (hands free system), activate the navigation application and play your favorite music
On your nightstand: silence your ringtone, set your morning alarm and switch the phone to the power-saving mode
At home: kswitch on WiFi and connect to your home network, allow visitors to use your WiFi network without a password

Other possibilities:

  • Adjust WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, and mobile data communication settings
  • Adjust volume level, notifications
  • Adjust the brightness of the screen and the time after which it shuts off.
  • Check in on social media platforms (Foursquare, Google Places, Google Latitude)
  • Send messages (Twitter, SMS, e-mail, Glympse)
  • Open or close an application, open a link in a web browser
  • Set an alarm or calendar actions
  • ...and much, much more!

 

Companies that want tags with their designs, can order them from EMT’s cooperation partner Hansaprint

To use the service, you will need:

  • A smartphone with NFC support
  • A SIM card with enhanced functionality and a mobile wallet application (this option will be available at the end of 2013)

How do I use the NFC service?

To write on NFC tags, download the application “Telia NFS Starter” from Google Play.
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