Near Field Communication Glossary

For those of you wanting to know a bit more of the technical information involved in Near Field Communication, I wanted to give you a page. I fully admit I don’t know everything about the technological terms I put below, but I make up for it with the business terms, most of which I put here because I figured they would be important if I were to get involved with NFC on a professional basis. 

This is by no means a complete list, but is rather a primer to help those who might not know a lot yet about Near Field Communication. There are certainly larger, more complete lists, put together by people who eat sleep and breathe programming languages, and if you are one of those people I would just keep going to something more your speed.

Business Terms

These are the terms that are important to guys like me. Actually, they are important to the kinds of guys who hire me, and that makes them important to me. Essentially the relationship between myself and my clients is that I am constantly trying to help them make money and while they are trying to do the same, they are also tasked with saving as much of it as possible. If I were a marketing agent looking to get involved in the NFC movement, these would be just a few of the terms I would need to know in order to be an asset to my clients.

VAS – Value added services are services (usually in telecommunications) which are not typically part of the normal service. An example? NFC.

POS – The point of sale is the point at which a customer has come to the register and is ready to pay for his or her purchase.

EMV – Europay Mastercard Visa. Basically, this is an agreement between credit card companies on how the cards and the card readers will interact. This agreement is one of the main obstacles to NFC implementation.

BOM – Bill of Materials. This is the cost of the materials needed to manufacture a device. This does not take into account the cost of labor.

Technological Basic Terms

Okay, before anyone brings to my attention the fact that I don’t know what these terms mean, let me just state that you’re not telling me anything I don’t know. What I wanted to do in this portion of the glossary is give the kinds of people to whom these terms mean anything, or to whom knowing these terms might be important in the future, a place to start.

PCD – Proximity Coupling Device is a transmitter that reads ISO14443 tags.

NFC Device – A device which allows for bidirectional communication between two devices. This bidirectional communication is based on Radio Frequency Identification technology.

RFID – Radio Frequency Identification is the technological predecessor to near field communication. Many of the same terms used to describe RFID are used when discussing NFC.

 Expanded Glossary

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