Having just returned from RSA Conference 2012, I spent a great deal of time in and around the Moscone Center. I encountered a few point-of-sale (POS) terminals that were equipped with NFC readers. More specifically, the readers that were intended for use with Google Wallet. I even demoed for Entrust our latest in mobile security utilizing NFC.
While they aren’t everywhere yet, it’s safe to expect they will be in the near future. If you haven’t read it already, GigaOm posted a great article, “NFC to reach $74 billion in transactions by 2015,” on Juniper’s latest research.A pretty staggering number either way you slice it.
From an IT perspective, it’s safe to expect that all, not some, of your consumerized mobile devices will come equipped with NFC technology. With all of that money on the table, mobile handset vendors will be equipping their phones with NFC chipsets. While this technology is focused on the consumer first, it can also be leveraged in a corporate IT environment.
How? NFC may be used for physical building access (i.e., replacing building access badges) and for strong authentication.
Get ready. Mobile devices are going to replace your credit cards, OTP tokens, building access badges … and maybe more.