Desktop NFC Devices

Desktop NFC devices are computer peripherals that enable software to provide NFC functionality with NFC tags and NFC enabled phones. Different modes of NFC are supported by NFC devices including NFC tag reading and writing, peer-to-peer NFC and NFC tag emulation. Most desktop NFC devices are connected via USB and require drivers and software to operate; although some NFC devices can act as an HID keyboard input to read the NFC chip’s UID without a driver. All NFC devices have a public API which software can use to implement NFC functionality. Desktop NFC devices are not typically used for NFC payments; other payment-certified devices are used.

GoToTags works with top manufacturers of desktop NFC devices and keeps large quantities in stock for short lead times. GoToTags also designs desktop software which works with desktop NFC devices to allow for NFC tag interactions and NFC tag encoding.


Attributes

  • Software: Software must be designed to work with specific NFC readers; each has its own features and API. GoToTags software works with some, but not all desktop NFC devices.
  • NFC Standards: An NFC device only works with a specific set of NFC protocols and tag types; NFC tags must match the protocol of the NFC device.
  • USB vs. Serial: USB is the most common connection; serial is used for specialty use cases only.
  • Lights, Buzzers and Displays: Some NFC devices have features that can convey a response back to the user as a part of a software solution.

Use Cases

  • Integration into desktop software to allow for NFC tag interactions to trigger actions within that software including event registration, user check-ins, warehouse/inventory/asset management systems, …
  • Certain desktop NFC devices can be used with the GoToTags NFC Encoder software to manually encode NFC tags for small and medium quantity projects
  • The GoToTags Windows App can be used with desktop NFC devices to read NFC tags and perform actions

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