It will not be long before Apple’s iBeacon will take over the world with its smart technology and easy payment systems. iBeacon is giving NFC5 major competition in terms of preferred use and technology.
NFC or rather Near field communication is a short range wireless technology that requires a distance of 4 cm or less to establish a connection. The users can share short data between a NFC tag and between android devices. The passive NFC devices have tags and other transmitters that send information to other similar devices without the support of a power source. While, the active devices can send and receive data and communicate well with each other along with passive devices.
Android Beams use NFC to alter bluetooth on both devices and pairs them. It can disable the bluetooth automatically on both the devices once the work has been completed. This has been used well in Samsung Galaxy device.
What are iBeacons?
Beacons is a fresh core location API in Ios7. It allows any ios devices with Bluetooth 4.0 (or BLE- Bluetooth low energy) to know where it is in relation to other such similar devices. The devices can connect with each other via iBeacons, knowing the actual location without the need of Wi-Fi or GPS technology.
Apple has come up with a smart technology for users that makes their shopping experience better. The iBeacons permits users to know about a nearby store and be guided into the store’s layout, have product information and pay it automatically through their device without standing in a queue.
Major differences between NFC and iBeacons
It would be interesting to see some major differences between iBeacon and NFC.
|OS Support||Android, Windows Phone and iOs||Android and Windows Phone||Technology||Bluetooth Low Energy||Near Field Communication|
|Scan Distance||Up to 50 m||Up to 10 Cm|
|Manufacturer Support||10 out of 10||9 out of 10|
|Average Cost||Estimated $ 25-50||Less than $ 1|
We have seen here that iBeacon uses operating system support for Android, Windows phone and iOs, while NFC has operating system support for only Android and windows phone. While the former uses BLE technology, NFC uses near field communication.
How can iBeacons be compared to NFC in terms of distance and average costs
What is interesting is that iBeacon scans distance up to 50 m while NFC scans distance of up to 10 cm-a major difference. Besides, iBeacons currently supports all top 10 mobile manufactures while in comparison, NFC supports 9/10 mobile manufactures. NFC goes ahead of iBeacons in terms of average cost. The average cost of a NFC is less than $1 while for iBeacons, the cost goes between $ 25 to 50.
Use of iBeacons and NFC across other Platforms
iBeacons is preferable as they are an open API and have the feature of touch to configure for the Apple TV. They also support the Xbox that enable people to configure their game boxes from their iPhone. Moreover, iBeacons can be used to lock or unlock BLE compatible cars or home doors when they come within the range.
While NFC on the other hand still needs to update this kind of collective features. With BLE chips found easily in tablets, laptops and smart phones, iBeacons can utilize this to provide a secure and fast mobile payment system for the users.
However, NFC seems to be ahead in reach of mobile payments. It is integrats with major payment terminals at leading retailer joints due to contactless bank cards like VISA. The NFC payments has a support of all major mobile manufacturers except apple as well as the payment industry.
Beacons make shopping experience simple and easy
Beacon has a range of 50 meters. This helps to get that information about special offers from a shop. This in turn proves to be helpful to send a personalized message from a location and past records. It can direct a user to a particular product and make shopping very easy and fast.
In comparison, NFC has only range of 4 cm. This helps to anyone to get extra information on a specific product.
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