Royal Philips Electronics announced today that South Korea-based Samsung Electronics will introduce cell phones that contain Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless smart card chips from Philips.
The chips, which can be embedded almost anywhere, automatically connect to one another to exchange information when they are held within a few centimeters. They could allow users to make contactless payments at stores,car parks or transit gates, receive digital content or gain entrance to secure buildings by simply waving their phone near another NFC-equipped device, Philips says. The technology is also compatible with the ISO 14443 Type A standard for contactless smart cards and with Sony’s FeliCa smart card technology, according to Philips.
Samsung is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of cell phones behind Finland-based Nokia and U.S.-based Motorola, according to industry estimates.