Near Field Communication: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight


Near field communication (NFC) is a set of short-range wireless standards for smartphones and similar devices. Based on RFID technology, it lets two devices (both equipped with NFC tags) share small bits of information when they come into close proximity. Mobile devices are ubiquitous, and students are coming to colleges and universities expecting to use those devices to conduct business transactions just as they do outside academia. As usage of these devices and their capabilities grows, colleges and universities should expect to provide NFC services in areas such as bookstores, dining facilities, coffee shops, and libraries.

This bulletin is one of a series of papers from ECAR working groups designed to help institutional leaders learn about and understand the implications of emerging technologies in higher education. These technologies have been identified as the “Top 10 Confusing Technologies” in the ECAR report Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015. Other papers and related resources are available at the research hub for Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015.

Citation for this Work: Wetzel, Karen. Near Field Communication: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight. Research bulletin. Louisville, CO: ECAR, February 20, 2015. Available from

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