Near field communication: an assessment for future payment systems

  • Jan OndrusEmail author
  • Yves Pigneur
Original Article


In this paper, we present an assessment of near field communication (NFC) in the context of a payment market. During these past years, we have been witnessing a number of mobile payment trials based on NFC. Early experiences are already quite encouraging and many expect NFC to become a highly efficient and effective technology for mobile payments. The objective of our research is to evaluate in a systematic manner the potential of NFC as an upcoming technology for mobile payments. In order to ensure the rigor of our research, we used a formal and structured approach based on multi-actor multi-criteria methods. Our research provides one of the first assessment of NFC and a realistic picture of the current Swiss situation as we involved numerous mobile payment experts. Our findings show that Swiss industry experts are quite enthusiastic about the future of NFC.


NFC Mobile payments Market analysis Technology foresight 



The work presented in this paper was partly supported by the National Competence Center in Research on Mobile Information and Communication Systems (NCCR MICS), a center supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation under grant number 5005-67322.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESSEC Business SchoolCergy Pontoise CedexFrance
  2. 2.Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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