The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or 4IR for short, is the term which has been given to the fourth significant industrial era since the seminal Industrial Revolution of the 1700s. While the first Industrial Revolution was based on steam power, followed by an electricity based era the following century, 4IR has more in common with the third Industrial Revolution of the late 20th century, which was based around computers.
Near Field Communications (NFC) technology has moved forward at a stunning rate over the past few years - now giving us new possibilities and improved ways to do things in everything from consumer marketing to industrial operations. But while the technology has grown, and continues to grow, at a phenomenal pace, some areas of technology have shown resistance to the NFC revolution.
Technological one trick ponies can reach their sell by date very quickly, and that's when we start to see a dip in production and usage as the world moves onto the next big thing. But a technology like Near Field Communication (NFC), which is underpinned by its ability to create an ever-increasing number of innovations, is perhaps as 'future proofed' as is realistically possible.
It might be said that the savvy estate agent knows how to get the right information, to the right people, at the right time. For the busy professionals in the real estate sector, NFC has become a saviour, opening up new avenues to buyers, and ultimately having a positive impact on the bottom line.
It is anticipated that the number of NFC Enabled Android smartphone shipments will hit 1.2 billion by the year 2018. Coupled with Apple's recent confirmation that NFC will be enabled on devices including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, that adds up to a huge share of handsets around the world which possess an NFC function.