Near Field Communication (NFC) is solid, industrial connectivity technology, but it was late to the iPhone.
Sure it powered Apple Pay, but for a long time that was all. Apple didn't allow other apps to use it. Apple wanted to stack the deck in favor of iBeacon technology.
Then in late 2017, around the time you are evaluating your connectivity options, Apple relented and enabled NFC on the iPhone. It was still playing catch-up with the cool kids, but you like it enough to add it to your console.
Two things in particular are appealing about NFC:
- The technology, which made it possible for the tiny NFC receivers -- which looked like thin, tiny metal coils -- to just sit there, passively, not using any energy, until they were "excited" by a nearby reader of some kind -- for example a phone. Elegant.
- The widespread use of NFC in unsexy, pragmatic applications. Office entry cards, for example.
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So you added NFC to the control panel.