A trinity of near field business benefits
Until now, Near Field Communications (NFC) has primarily been known as a technology for mobile payments and commerce, especially some of the Asian countries who have adopted such technology’s benefits more early on than others, such as South Korea’s usage in public transportation cards. It’s easy to see why. It allows users to make payments by simply tapping their smartphone against an NFC-enabled terminal, easy and quick, without worrying about carrying wallets. However, NFC technology offers significant benefits for business as well, namely: security, productivity and of course, mobility.
As successful and all-encompassing as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are, establishing secure connections through these methods is not yet as intuitive a process as we have come to expect from smartphones or tablets. Typically, connecting two devices through both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies require a user to search and identify where they wish to connect. NFC on the other hand, allows two devices to connect seamlessly, with users able to simply hold one device against another to establish a secure connection within seconds.
What’s more, the adoption of NFC in smartphones is about to take off even more, according to Forbes.com, with more than 550 million handsets expected to include the NFC technology by 2016. But how can businesses capitalise on the anticipated rapid integration of NFC technology?
Near field printing
Here at Samsung Printing Solutions, we recognised the benefits of NFC a while ago, and as such, have been building an ecosystem where NFC technology can be best integrated into our printing solutions for your enhanced printing experience. Our NFC printing option* can be added to support various mobile printing systems with just a tap, enhancing the following three especially:
Boosting security, NFC’s user authentication option enables only authorized users to tap and print to a Samsung Multi-Function Printer (MFP) from their mobile devices, whilst secure printing allows those authorized users to securely release documentsheld in the printer’s memory until the relevant mobile device is within range.
Productivity benefits from device cloning feature are something unique to Samsung Printing Solutions. Device cloning means IT managers can clone the standardized functions and set-up steps of their own MFP, with just a tap on their mobile device. With the NFC printing option*, device cloning can drastically reduce time consuming and repetitive tasks for IT managers.
Finally, applying the principles of mobility back to the office environment, employees, with their NFC embedded smartphones and tablets, can print from NFC printing option* enable printers that are located anywhere in the office, without tethered into one particular machine, freeing from the constraints of desk bound printing, with the help of secure pull printing system.
NFC is already lauded for its security and mobility benefits on a personal level, which are key reasons it’s been so rapidly and enthusiastically taken up for mobile payments. But now, with additional benefits of productivityand in-office mobility, NFC is becoming a key technology for the workplace.
We’d love to know what you think too – where can you see NFC solutions playing a more prominent role in business?
* The Wireless & NFC option will beavailable beginning October 2014.