What Is NFC?

NFC is the acronym of Near Field Communication. It is a typical example in PAN (Personal Area Network) applications, which enables you to send data in a closer distance (like 3-4 inches or less). LPWAN technology provides long-range (up to several kilometers) communication capability to low power consumption devices (working up to several years without changing the battery).


Now let’s talk about the uses of NFC in LoRa. It is of no surprise to see the NFC-enabled LoRaWAN sensors in the market as you can read the news that NFC Forum and LoRa Alliance entered liaison to explore technical cooperation for IoT applications in March 2019 (Read News). 

How Does NFC Improve User Experience?

In our daily life, the benefits of NFC technology has long been proved in many scenarios, for example, NFC technology makes instant payment via smartphones and tablets easy. Also, the adoption of NFC technology can enhance the user experience in industrial applications that transmit data via LoRaWAN protocol. The enhancements can be in the following areas:

1. Easy NFC Configuration

It is understandable that if you have concerns about the security of near field communication. Due to “near field communication”, NFC signals will only transmit data near the NFC device, and therefore it would be quite difficult to hack into your device from far away, or even from the door next to you.

If you have a smartphone with NFC function and installed with “Ursalink ToolBox” App (download), you can use your smartphone to control this LoRaWAN sensor, read its type and status, and configure its settings without opening its enclosure.

No messy wiring, no enclosure opening, stable operation and fast process.

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2. Guaranteed On/Off Security

With the help of NFC technology, you can click the button and enter a password on the mobile app to turn on or turn off the sensors within close distance.

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NFC technology complements your wireless sensor network by potentially bringing the convenience and flexibility of using the NFC-enabled devices to provide a variety of services in the field.