PARIS Ė Cartes, the annual conference on smart card technology, has morphed into a showcase for technologies and products that combine smart security, electronic payments and identification with mobility.
This year's conference expanded to include RFID and near-field communications (NFC) technologies broadly adopted in passports, national IDs and mass transit along with gaming, consumer electronics, retail, health care and advertising.
The adoption of NFC in smartphones is also expanding technology applications far beyond mobile payments. These range from peer-to-peer applications to personalization of profile settings and new reader/writer apps.
Chip manufacturers pitching their RFID and NFC technologies along with secure MCUs include: NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies and Freescale Semiconductor.
In the following pages, we offer snapshots of the latest NFC apps already on the market and new ones introduced at Cartes 2012:
Book publishing with embedded NFC chips: The first book embedded with multiple NFC chips. Using a smartphone as a reader, NFC chips inside the book allow the reader to connect to the Internet, download a song and watch video clips.