The majority of NFC talk has centered on mobile payments or contactless payments. In reality, Near Field Communication is capable of an awful lot more. Samsung today announced plans to utilize NFC and RFID to cut down on paper tickets at music events across the UK this summer.
The first concert to get the electronic ticket treatment will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Knebworth this Saturday. Attendees will be given RFID wristbands instead of tickets.
"We're delighted to announce our involvement in the first roll out of ticketless technology this country has seen," said Simon Stanford, the vice president of Telecommunications & Networks Division at Samsung UK and Ireland. "In future, everyone will be able to use their mobile phone as their ticket, whether they are music fans going to a gig, or a commuters traveling to work.
Aside from the wristbands acting as tickets, they can also be used to enter contests and the wearer can visit the Samsung stand and use their wristband to check in on Facebook or Twitter.
In addition to this RFID effort, Digital Spy reports that Samsung is working on implementing NFC to allow those with smartphone to access events.