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NFC tag enables smarter consumer, industrial devices

Posted: 19 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? NFC tag? wireless communication? Bluetooth? smartphone?

STMicroelectronics has released a family of "dynamic NFC tag" memories that will allow a range of consumer devices, domestic appliances and industrial equipment to become smarter, more flexible and easier. According to the firm, the memories make it easy to add NFC capability to any kind of electrical device, from loudspeakers and printers, to cookers and washing machines, to electricity, gas and water meters.

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ST aims to drive this change with its M24SR family of "dynamic NFC tag" memories that allow any device, including printers, fitness watches, microwave ovens, smart electricity meters or digital cameras to feature built-in NFC connectivity, thereby allowing it to communicate with a smartphone that almost touches it.

One of the potential benefits enabled by the M24SR family is convenient Bluetooth pairing of a smartphone and an audio device. Instead of having to open the phone's settings, turn Bluetooth on, select the audio device code name and sometimes enter a pass code, users can simply wave their smartphone by the NFC-enabled audio device, and automatically activate Bluetooth pairing between the two devices as settings have been transmitted over NFC.

Other examples include resetting the clock on any appliance after a power blackout or a change in daylight saving hours, or rapid diagnosis of faults in malfunctioning equipment. Instead of having to look for the instruction manual or call the manufacturer's customer service, the user could simply run the "Reset my appliance clock" or "Diagnose Problem" app on their smartphone, touch the equipment with the smartphone, and the clock would be automatically reset or the problem remotely diagnosed through the connection to the manufacturer's website.





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