10 Places to Find NFC-Specific Information

By Robert R. Sabella

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a growing technology. It changes almost daily to meet new needs and answer new questions. With this in mind, you also need to know where to find the latest insights into how NFC is changing, which is what this list provides. Using these ten resources to keep your NFC information updated will make you stand out from everyone else.

NFC Forum

The NFC Forum is the first place you should go for insights into everything regarding NFC standards and applications. This site provides you with these kinds of information:

  • NFC basics
  • N-mark basics and usage
  • Products that use NFC
  • Developer resources for NFC
  • NFC specifications
  • NFC certification

The site also provides a blog that discusses the latest advances in NFC technology. You can learn about NFC events and discover NFC news.

Smart Card Alliance

Smart cards are an important part of NFC because they appear in so many forms and vendors use them in so many ways. The Smart Card Alliance makes keeping up with the latest developments in smart card technology easy. In fact, the section devoted to white papers and case studies can also provide ideas for smart card uses for your organization.

Interestingly enough, you can find NFC-specific topics such as Mobile/NFC and Transit/NFC. Make sure to check out the NFC Resource page for NFC specifics. The amount of NFC information on this site might surprise you because it’s not something that most people would expect to find.

The Smart Card Alliance is active in hosting events, including the annual NFC Solutions Summit conference, which is the largest NFC-focused event in the United States. Separate sections on government uses for smart card technology will interest anyone who works with the government or has government contracts. In short, this is the place to go when you need to do anything with smart cards, NFC, or payments.

Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA)

GSMA is the place to go if you need to learn more about mobile standards. The organization was formed in 1995 to promote the use of GSM technology, which has become the most widely accepted technology used for mobile phones throughout the world. You can probably find a listing for nearly any topic on this site. However, the top-level topics include issues such as

  • Network 2020 (the future of mobile computing)
  • Personal data
  • Digital commerce
  • The mobile economy
  • Mobile for development

NFC World

NFC World provides you with a major source of news for NFC-related product topics (with other sorts of news mixed in). In fact, you see links to this site in a number of places in this book. In addition to news, you also have access to the following:

  • Webinars
  • Whitepapers
  • Various resources (such as determining whether your smartphone has NFC support)
  • Events
  • Partner resources
  • Support (through an expert question blog)

NFC Times

Whereas NFC World provides quite a lot of product news, this site is more oriented toward technology news. You also find feature length articles, blogs, and event listings. A profile listing tells you about companies and organizations that are involved with NFC development. A project listing describes ongoing NFC products that help you see the direction that NFC is taking. You can also get the content sent to your inbox simply by registering for it.

NearFieldCommunication.org

Every technology requires an educational site, and NearFieldCommunication.org is it for NFC. The goal of this site is to educate everyone about the benefits of using NFC in various ways to meet specific goals. Even though it might initially look like a site for organizations and companies, you can find helpful resources for just about anyone. The educational content of this site is split into three areas:

  • How it works: Provides discussions of how NFC works and how it compares to other technologies.
  • Using NFC: Describes how to use NFC to perform practical tasks. It also tells you where you might find NFC used today.
  • Technology and alternatives: Specifies how NFC compares to other technologies. You gain an understanding of where NFC works best, times when you combine NFC with other technologies, and cases in which alternatives might provide a better answer.

Pymnts.com

The emphasis of Pymnts.com is on telling you how people are paying for things today and how they’ll pay for them in the future. It may not seem as though paying for things would take up much space, but this site tells you that the whole process involves more than meets the eye. For example, you can learn about the latest in virtual reality payments. You can also discover the ins and outs of using Bitcoins. The site is divided into the following areas:

  • News
  • Opinion
  • Exclusive series (longer articles)
  • Data and research
  • Media center (where you can watch webinars)
  • Company spotlight (where you can learn more about the players)
  • Events

Many of the articles go beyond just paying for things. For example, you find articles about the ethical way of handling problems. Some articles discuss topics on how to handle promotions or dealing with consumer passions. You even find advice on how to fix things when a marketing effort goes wrong.

EverydayNFC

EverydayNFC is essentially a blog that provides you with helpful insights into everything NFC. The articles touch on various NFC topics that express an informed opinion on the direction that NFC is taking. You also find links for

  • Events
  • Resources
  • Use cases

Gartner

Gartner is known for the trend-based research it provides. You find the results of Gartner researches everywhere — even outside the IT community. It’s not surprising, then, that you can find NFC-specific research on the Gartner site. At the top of the page, you find a basic NFC definition. However, the list of research papers and webinars is what you really want to look at.

As with many of the offerings Gartner provides, you must pay for the pleasure of reading the NFC research. The webinars are also paid experiences, and you must sign up to attend. However, if you look at the right side of the page, you see a Free Research link that you can click to find useful information that costs you nothing to view.

IHS Technology

IHS Technology is a global information company that provides most of its resources as a paid subscription. The company gives you global market, industry, and technical expertise to help make important business decisions. The NFC-related materials help you decide between various products and technologies that emphasize the way you do business. As with many sites listed in this chapter, IHS Technology provides you with solutions for specific needs and hosts events that emphasize specific technologies.

The number of articles that any search turns up will likely be more than you want to check. Fortunately, you can use the filters on the left side of the page to reduce the number of articles you need to check. For example, you might choose to limit the results to a particular kind of research (such as reports) or a particular industry (such as consumer electronics).