GENTAG and its partners have announced the availability of an affordable and near field communication (NFC) mobile phone developed for consumer diagnostics and RFID sensor applications.
Integrating the full open ISO NFC spectrum with NXP's PN544 NFC IC technology, it was co-developed in Asia in association with NXP and other collaborators.
The fully integrated phone is compatible with GENTAG’s devices and throwaway NFC sensors and can be coupled with certain sensor markets or diagnostic kits. Also compatible with NFC are certain social network applications, which work on data exchanges from phone-to-phone, like Facebook.
It is designed for consumers whose requirements are basic voice communication, social networking, mobile payments and diagnostics with an affordable mobile device. The founder of GENTAG, Dr. John P. Peeters has stated that this technology coupled with its low-price creates global market opportunities in Europe, South and North America and Asia. He further added that the launch will be followed with the release of an NFC tablet and latest Android-based cell phones. Charles Dachs, Director, marketing and product management of NXP Semiconductors, Charles Dachs is of the opinion that this technology will prove beneficial in telemedicine applications, which will allow remote monitoring of patients’ health by applying over-the-counter technologies directly to the patients’ cell phones.