Brendan O’Brien once said:
“If you think that the internet has changed your life, think again. The
Internet of Things is about to change it all over again!”. And boy he wasn’t wrong! From consumer
goods to industrial 4.0, from self-driving vehicles to entire smart home ecosystems – nowadays
everything can be connected to the Internet of Things. What does this have to do with NFC, you may
ask? Lets explore this.
NFC is already adopted in the mobile arena: there will be 1.5 billion NFC-enabled mobile devices
shipped per year by 2025, according to ABI Research from 2020. When looking at IoT devices the
numbers are even more exciting: 20 billion IoT enabled devices were predicted to be in use by the
end of 2020, and by 2030 this number will reach half a trillion devices. ABI Research predicts by end
of 2021 6,925 billion devices shipped will be NFC-enabled.
Phil Sealy, research director at ABI Research said “The pandemic has created a surge in NFC usage,”.
“NFC use in payment scenarios pre-Covid-19 was high but, post-Covid-19, we predict that NFC will be
extended to other use cases as consumers are showing an increasing reliance on the technology.”
What are the applications that drive these numbers and the growth?
There are so many IoT applications, we wouldn’t have enough time and space to tell you about each
and every one of them. In this blogpost we will cover the NFC enabled IoT applications where we see
highest potential for further development and growth of NFC features.