What Is NFC Technology? And Its Trends In 2021

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NFC technology is a fast way to transfer data wirelessly without the need for an internet connection. It recognizes the NFC technology around it and makes communication possible. However, these devices must be compatible to connect. At least one of them must send, and the other must receive the signal. There is a lot more – the device can be passive or active. Passive NFC devices can send information to other NFC devices without requiring a resource. This includes tags and other small transmitters. They cannot connect to other passive devices and do not process information sent from other sources.

This is usually an interactive sign on a wall or an advertisement. Meanwhile, active NFC devices can send and receive data and communicate with active and passive devices. They are easier to get along with. You guessed it, and smartphones have active ones.

NFC Technology Trends In 2021

According to Research in ABI, when observed on a broader scale, there will be 1.6 billion NFC-enabled devices by 2024. In the past, countless industries have dominated NFC technology, increasing demand for contactless and secure technology since the pandemic. See what the newest NFC technology trends in 2021 are?

1- Google Pay Roll

In what appears to be the significant trend of postponement forms by 2021. Contactless payments using NFC and QR codes have turned the world of non-cash transactions on its head. Google Pay, the cashless payments giant, has launched a Near-Range Wireless Communication NFC Technology system. That the tech giant is currently testing, with Google Pay, which supports UPI-based payments, users can add their direct payment card number. To put a credit or debit card as an NFC payment option, go to Settings> Payment Methods> Add card.

According to Google’s support site, once the card number is successfully added, Google Pay creates a virtual account number called a token which replaces the actual card number. This process, known as tokenization, can be used to pay merchants for day-to-day transactions.

2- Enable NFC Technology In Wearable Items

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5, a fitness bar like the FitBit, has released various key configurations and features, including NFC connectivity. The Chinese giant has joined the official Mi Band Weibo account to share several key features for its newest Mi Band 5. The post also confirms that Mi Band 5 will support NFC-based payments for seamless bandwidth transactions. Adding NFC to the bar makes it easier for users to discard their smartphones or cards to complete payments.

Not only Xiaomi, but the Silicon Craft Technology PLC (SICT) has also sent a ribbon that reads NFC to the Center for Disease Control to track COVID-19 patients and quarantine patients. NFC technology enables patient health and helps update the treatment process from enrollment to completion. NFC technology strap improved and facilitated public health in all participating countries and limited the virus’s spread.

3- NFC Technology Charge Earbuds Wireless

Charging the headset has become easier with wireless charging with NFC technology. After the release of an improved specification for NFC technology. The NFC Forum announced that introducing the latest standard will enable wireless charging of battery-powered devices for small consumers NFC-enabled devices. The NFC Forum Board of Directors has approved and passed the WLC (Wireless Charging) specification. NFC-enabled devices are charged wirelessly with transmission speeds of up to one watt. This improves the user experience for the two billion users and businesses using smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices. According to Koichi Tagawa, Chair of the NFC Forum, “NFC wireless charging is truly transformative because it changes the way we design. It interacts with small, battery-powered devices because removing plugs and cables makes smaller airtight devices.”

4- Latest Release Of Chrome 81

The latest version of Google Chrome 81 features new AR (Augmented Reality) and new NFC capabilities to improve functionality and provide better accessibility and touch support. After starting the Bluetooth Web API in Chrome 56, Chrome 81 supports the NFC Web API as a native trial period. The Bluetooth and NFC web APIs aim to provide web applications with the same hardware access capabilities as native applications. Websites can use NFC to share the first few secrets a device or service needs and provide configuration information online. The Chrome team also published a complex article describing how to interact with NFC devices in Chrome and create and interpret payloads. The Chrome team designed and integrated NFC Web based on fundamental principles such as user control, transparency, and ergonomics. Because NFC expands the range of data that potentially dangerous websites can access.

5- Phone Free Access To Home

NFC technology is turning out to be the most versatile technology on the market. An intelligent lock or digital lock contains an active NFC chip. Because NFC uses very little power, the replaceable battery can be used for a more extended period. Smart Lock includes Netatmo, which names smart home devices like the Netatmo Smart Door Lock and keys. The smart lock is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit standard. It is equipped with three physical keys that use NFC to unlock the door securely inserted into the lock. However, the key is not traditional. This is a key-shaped NFC badge that can be used to program a key to activate the lock or not. For example, if the key is lost, the user can deactivate it in the Netatmo mobile app. Several doors can be opened with the same key.

6- Synthetic Identity Fraud Prevent With NFC

As technology advances, device hacking has also become easier for fraudsters. The final tactic is synthetic identity fraud. Synthetic identity fraud is the fastest-growing financial fraud, according to McKinsey. What is Synthetic Identity Fraud? Synthetic identity fraud is a fraud in which criminals combine real and fake information to create a new identity. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is the latest artificial synthetic identity prevention tool that allows users to verify their identity faster, more securely, and more reliably. 

Airports use this technology as part of the border control process, not personal passport control. Tourists can scan their e-passport, take their photos, and the two will be compared for one match. Users can browse an NFC-enabled ID and take a picture of themselves. An identification chip unlocks their biographical information.


NFC technology can perform many functions – digital wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay cover only a fraction of the functionality. Music lovers can quickly connect their devices to the speaker via NFC technology. This technology will also overtake public transportation. Users can scan their NFC-enabled smartphone on the bus or use it as a subway ticket in some situations. Users can add money to a bus or subway card directly from the app and always make sure their card has credit.

NFC technology can also support loyalty cards. Lastly, there is the option to embed the NFC chip in your body. Want to know we know. You can use NFC tags for various other activities. To get more knowledge about this technology is to create an NFC pad to allow visitors to access your WiFi. The list of NFC-equipped devices grows every day.

Sohaib Farooq

Lucy J, a veteran voice in the data recovery industry. With more than a decade of experience and knowledge. Lucy now writes blogs and posts on data recovery, data management, and resolving issues and errors for Yodot. Apart from Yodot, her posts and articles regularly get published on various forums and websites.

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