“Final pieces are being put in place for NFC technology to enable contactless point of sale transactions. The best way to look at NFC, Michielsen says, is as a step forward in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
“NFC is RFID,” he says. “The chips used in cellular handsets for NFC technology act as both a transponder and a reader. It can be accessed from a reader, like a point of sale terminal – and then the phone itself can also act as a reader and access smart objects like smart posters or smart advertising.”
Given RFID News’ sister publication covers contactactless transaction technology, editors believe there is a (semantic) distinction between RFID and NFC, especially if NFC entails pushing information beyond a basic identification code.