Gloucestershire Near Field Communication (NFC) tag developer Innovision has announced the winners of its NFC Innovation Awards, which reward the most innovative use of NFC technology in mobile devices.
The Lancaster team’s entry uses NFC to encourage outdoor physical activity as a way of combating the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of the UK population. Their technology, known as Health Buddy, tracks the activity and progress of a user on a set exercise course, triggered each time the user scans an NFC tag at specific locations with an NFC-enabled phone. It can then give information on energy expended and time to complete the distance during walking, running and cycling.
NEWI’s entry is a vehicle identification application which enables traffic officers to use an NFC handset to scan a Topaz tag affixed to the inside of a car windscreen, either as a complement to or replacement of the current tax disc. When scanned, the tag provides a unique reference which the phone uses to retrieve information from a central database. This would enable officers to confirm the vehicle’s tax, insurance and MOT, for example, in a matter of seconds.In third place was a mobile NFC and healthcare application from Dundee University, which uses an NFC-enabled phone as a way of automating the process of collecting prescriptions from a pharmacy and reminding patients when it is time to take their drugs.