Next generation NFC spec adds multi-purpose tap

Next generation NFC spec adds multi-purpose tap

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By Nick Flaherty

The NFC Forum has published its first overview of a Multi-Purpose Tap specification.

The concept of multi-purpose tap in an NFC card supports several actions with a single tap, adding multiple use cases including point-to-point receipt delivery, loyalty, identification, and total-journey ticketing.

Examples include simultaneously taking retail payments while adding loyalty points and promotions; applying concessions and best fare pricing when purchasing travel tickets; or receiving details on how a product can be recycled and reused when buying goods.  

The Forum brings together product, technology, and brand communities together to advance NFC technology and ensure it delivers a reliable and seamless experience to users globally.  The body is led by its Board members, including representatives from Apple, Google, Huawei, and Identiv as well as chip and module suppliers Infineon, NXP, Qualcomm, Sony and ST Microelectronics.

“Multi-Purpose Tap will bring even more convenience to contactless user experiences by making it possible for multiple transactions to be seamlessly conducted over the course a one single tap,” said Mike McCamon, Executive Director of NFC Forum. “Consumers and retailers love the security, reliability, and convenience of contactless payments – imagine also logging loyalty points or getting your receipt over that same instantaneous tap.  The potential to complete multiple functions and link services together is limitless.”

“The NFC Forum has been working to undertake feasibility studies and define use cases. For Multi-Purpose Tap to achieve its potential, we must understand and detail the range and diversity of use cases will benefit. To achieve this, we encourage all stakeholders from across the NFC value chain, from payment acceptors and terminal manufacturers to loyalty schemes and ticketing providers, to contribute to the development of this technology and ensure their future ambitions are included.”

Details are at the NFC Forum website.


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