VALA2014 Session 11 Butters

NFC-equipped smartphones: a two edged sword for library RFID systems

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Crossing the Stream
Thursday 6 February 2014, 11:40 – 12:10
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Alan Butters

Sybis, Vic

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The last few years have seen a significant increase in the number of smartphones equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities. NFC utilises several technologies that will allow a user’s Smartphone to interact with a range of other devices in ways that further expand the Smartphone’s utility and capability. The technology paves the way for smartphones to interact both positively and negatively with library RFID tags. This paper outlines the capabilities and penetration of NFC-equipped smartphones, and discusses a range of mitigation strategies that might be available to libraries where the threat aspect of NFC is of concern.

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