How NFC technology is revolutionizing smart home experiences

Man with a tablet in a kitchen

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live in our homes. From traditional home appliances to HVAC systems, a wide range of home devices are now connected to the Internet or smartphones.

Smart technologies reshape our relationship with home devices, and give users enhanced safety, comfort, convenience, and energy efficiency.

Key market figures

The Smart home market has grown considerably in the last few years but has yet to reach its full potential.

The global smart home market is expected to reach $222.9 billion by 2027

Source: Statista 2022

The Control & Connectivity segment has the fastest CAGR, with an annual growth of 13.16%

Source: Statista 2022

Challenges & standardization

Although smart home devices have become mainstream, the industry still needs to ensure a seamless and secure experience for homeowners using various brands and networks. To address this challenge, standardization agencies released new connectivity standards, such as Matter.

NFC is part of the answer. It can solve the interoperability issue and improve the overall user experience across various connected devices.

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Integrating NFC technology into smart home devices

Many industries have already implemented NFC in their everyday applications —mobile payments, access control, and much more. Because most smartphones now embed an NFC reader (>70% in 2026), designers can confidently integrate an NFC tag in their smart home solutions. A simple tap is all it takes to control an NFC-enabled home appliance.

NFC technology: how does it work?

NFC is a wireless technology enabling contactless communication between a reader and a tag.

Thermostat enabled by NFC


The dynamic NFC tag is a passive (and battery less) electronic component that can be embedded in any kind of device including smart thermostats, home appliances, security cameras, and many more.

It provides a bidirectional and wireless communication channel between the NFC reader and a microcontroller embedded in the equipment, considerably increasing the system’s capabilities.

An NFC reader powers the tag and reads its content. Readers are available on most smartphones (Android or iOS), as well as professional devices such as maintenance equipment.

Innovative NFC use cases to revolutionize smart homes

Intuitive and convenient, NFC technology has a lot to bring to smart home environments. One of its main advantages is that a single chip can support multiple use cases and makes them available to anyone at home with a simple mobile phone.

Smart home commissioning


Commissioning is the process of adding a new device to a home network (Wi-Fi, for instance). This is a key step in a smart home environment, which can be complex and time-consuming. NFC transforms this arduous task into a fast and intuitive experience, with a single tap.


Maintenance is part of the user experience. This task can require specific equipment or skills, including a visit from a technician.

NFC offers an intuitive experience, making the most complex settings accessible to all users.

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