Near Field Communication (NFC) is becoming one of the hottest properties in mobile working, and that’s for good reason. The technology is not only incredibly useful it is also very easy to manage. It adds a certain level of practicality to mobile working, with everything from contacts to access taken care of by devices that offer such connectivity. In other words, it is fast becoming the most exciting thing to happen to mobile working since the smartphone.
But what is it? Well, NFC is a way for a device to ‘talk to’ another device or station nearby. Unlike Bluetooth, which was a kind of precursor, NFC doesn’t drain batteries or power sources to anywhere near the same extent. Bluetooth has always been notorious for draining the power out of devices. NFC is also more suited to lighter tasks that don’t require that much processing power. This makes it perfect for people who are on the move.
How? Well, lets say you are in between appointments and you want to drop in on a client, and they ask to see your social profile on their computer. With NFC, all you have to do is stand near the computer and they can look at your profile immediately without you having to type in those annoying passwords etc. it saves a hell of a lot of time and makes it ridiculously easy to synch up with your networks in a hassle-free way.
You can also pay for stuff quickly too. With NFC, you can use your mobile to quickly pay for a coffee or any other item that is so indispensable to any mobile worker. This is about as quick as you could want it, and it allows you to pay for the kind of stuff that everyone who works on a mobile basis needs every day.
NFC features also allow you to, crucially, travel light. This means not having to worry about password linking, as already discussed, but it also means that you can safely manage a lot of your access too. If you want to make a flight and you have NFC, many flight providers now allow for NFC access. It could be the crucial difference between making the flight and hanging around the airport for three more hours until the next one.
For networking it has incredible advantages in that it allows you to collect new contacts effortlessly. Just use NFC to collect contact details rather than business cards, and you have the easiest way possible to make and sustain new contacts in your smartphone. This works best at networking meetings, but can also be good for other meetings where you need to be on the ball with connections.
As NFC develops even further over the next few months, expect to see more apps and platforms available for people to manage their mobile working life more effectively. It beats Bluetooth by a mile, and also allows people to cut down lag time while they’re working.
And when you’re mobile, that makes a big difference.