Bluetooth and NFC 'can work in tandem'
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 11:13
Enterprises that are looking to specialise in communications electronic design have heard that near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth are compatible technologies, rather than competitive.
A study by iSuppli into the role of both wireless developments looked to see if the existence of one would be detrimental to the other.
However, it discovered that both can indeed co-exist, particularly in the automotive environment.
Study author Luca de Ambroggi suggested both have their strengths and weaknesses, but the motor industry would ultimately benefit from each one in the long term.
He noted that Bluetooth is currently more prominent because it has been around for longer and has gained a good reputation for its role in mobile phone connectivity.
However, NFC is likely to grow in popularity due to the "intrinsic security level" associated with the wireless connection.
The latter could also gain in popularity over the next few years, as organisations such as Nokia and Google have both recently indicated that they intend to capitalise on NFC advancements soon.