Rising Trend in the adoption of NFC technology by Auto Industry
The technology of near field communications (NFC) has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and many technology providers who have been providing mobile software application services have jumped in to NFC bandwagon. NFC Technology business application developers have been continuously establishing relationships with the Auto majors to come out with such innovative NFC applications. If the trend seen in the recent CES 2013 show is anything to go by, NFC technology is going to continue on its strong growth trajectory in the coming years. One industry vertical on which the NFC technology companies are betting big is the Automobile industry. NFC companies are trying to come out with a series of NFC applications used in streaming content and transferring data in the automobiles.
NFC in Auto Industry
Most of the cars in different utility segments come with state of the art entertainment, infotainment and navigation features built in to it. NFC technology providers have been doing significant research on the usage of wireless connectivity inside the cars. Wireless connectivity inside the cars has become critical in transferring content from various personal tablets and smart phone devices to the entertainment and navigation systems used in the car. These wireless systems would eventually replace the existing expensive cabling system for communication and data transfer inside the car.
NFC Chips for Vehicles
NFC Technology developers such as Texas Instruments have come out with a NFC chip that helps in achieving wireless connectivity in side cars. The new system called the WiLink 8Q system-on-chip family integrates technologies such as NFC, WI-Fi, Blue tooth and GNSS to achieve wireless communication between the device used by the driver and devices owned by the different passengers sitting in side the car. NFC enabled tablets and smart phones require a NFC tag to engage in NFC enabled data communication. One can buy NFC tags in e-Commerce portals such as Amazon. Texas instrument is planning to come out with a prototype of the equipment model in the 2nd quarter of 2013. They are planning to start production in early 2014. This solution has been developed for auto manufacturers that manufacture cars in high volumes.
NFC Car Keys for opening Hotel Rooms
Among the different NFC technology manufacturers, Ving Card Elsafe is one company that has been specializing in coming out with hotel key cards based on NFC technology. Ving Card Elsafe has partnered with BMW to develop a new technology that would enable car drivers to book hotel rooms from their cars and use their car keys to open the room. This would be very much useful for business travelers who are in constant need of last-minute hotel bookings.
Using the built-in navigation system available in side the BMW car, BMW car drivers can search for the nearby hotels that are within the range of NFC standards. The driver can select a particular hotel and complete the booking from their BMW car. Once the reservation is complete, the vehicle navigation system informs the driver regarding the room number in the hotel and also guides the driver to that particular hotel. The access code that is required for opening the hotel room door gets downloaded automatically to the NFC enabled car key. BMW drivers can walk past the hotel check in counter and directly enter the booked room. Drivers can use their NFC enabled car key to open the Vingcard Elsafe Contact less door lock.