In the industrial and consumer world, there is little room for error. The stock taking procedures, plant management policies and marketing opportunities at warehouses, factories and even in peoples homes need to be conducted with the utmost care and produce results of unfaltering accuracy.
Apple chose its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which took place from 5th to 9th June in San Jose, California, as the time and place to announce that its next iOS operating system - iOS 11 - will support Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for the first time.
By most people's reckoning, Near Field Communication (NFC) has enjoyed a remarkable period of growth over the past two to three years, as the number of commercial uses for the technology has mushroomed. We are not only seeing an increasingly innovative range of products appear - ready for use as sales, marketing and logistical tools - we are also witnessing the benefits of NFC becoming more widely recognised as smartphone owners switch on to the potential of their devices.
We live in a time in which technological advancements are happening so regularly, it can be hard to keep up. So while our own organisation resides in the world of Near Field Communication (NFC) and the different fields it occupies, it is not surprising that there is occasionally a little confusion surrounding technologies which are related to, or similar to NFC; namely Bluetooth and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).