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Our Near Field Communication Solution:

Soon, your entire world could become a digitally immersive experience. Imagine it — a physical
version of the Web, one in which everything (and maybe everyone) has a digital signature. You’ll
have instant access to information about products, services, landmarks and even people, all thanks
to near field communication (NFC) technologyand the smart tags that work with NFC.

How do Icecube tech use NFC Tags ?
The NFC tags you can purchase from us are pre-encoded with your web address and are
locked to prevent others from messing with them. They are ready to use with your immediately.
Anyone tapping or scanning your NFC tag will be taken through to your chalkboard page.

What are NFC tags ?
NFC (near field communication) is a wireless technology which allows for the transfer of data such
as text or numbers between two NFC enabled devices. NFC tags, for example stickers or wristbands,
contain small microchips with little aerials which can store a small amount of information for
transfer to another NFC device, such as a mobile phone.

What information can you store ?
There’s a whole set of different data types you can store on an NFC tag. The actual amount of data
varies depending on the type of NFC tag used – different tags have different memory capacities.
For example, you may choose to store a URL (web address) or a telephone number. A standard Ultralight
nfc tag can store a URL of around 41 characters, whereas the newer NTAG203 nfc tag can store a URL of
around 132 characters. Usually, this information is stored in a specific data format (NDEF – NFC data exchange format)
so that it can be reliably read by most devices and mobile phones.

Could someone change my NFC tag ?
NFC tags can be locked so that once data has been written, it cannot be altered. For most tags this
is a one way process so once the tag is locked it cannot be unlocked. Encoding and locking are two separate
actions. NFC tags can be re-encoded numerous times until they are locked.

How can I encode NFC tags ?
The easiest way at the moment is to use an NFC enabled mobile phone such as the Nexus S running Android
or a newer BlackBerry or Nokia. Just download a suitable App and you can be encoding your tags in minutes.

Which phones support NFC ?
At the moment, not very many. But that’s changing and it’s changing quickly. If you want to be ahead of
the game then get yourself sorted with NFC now ! Here’s a well maintained list of NFC enabled phones.

What else can I do with NFC tags ?
Like the number of NFC enabled phones, the number of NFC Apps is growing quickly. For example, you can
already download Apps which will allow you to encode tags to turn your phone’s wifi or bluetooth on or
off – or open your favourite weather page. Encode a tag for your office desk and just tap it to change
all your phone settings.

What’s all this about mobile payments ?
A lot of the press you see about NFC tags will be about mobile payments. It’s the same technology but
whereas we are talking here about using NFC to transfer a web address or simple data, NFC payments are
a lot more complicated and involve a mobile wallet on your phone and all sorts of other things. While
the momentum behind NFC is likely to be driven by mobile payments, the technology is capable of much more.

What batteries do they take ?
That’s the clever thing about NFC tags. They don’t require batteries. They get their power from just
being near a powered NFC device, for example a mobile phone.

How close do you have to be to the tag ?
The answer of course depends on your phone and the tag itself, but generally you need to be within a
couple of centimetres (an inch).