The 10-year anniversary of the official birth of NFC came and went quietly on Sept. 5, 2012.
It was on that day ten years ago that co-creators of the technology, NXP Semiconductors, then called Philips; and Sony; first announced their development of NFC. But the companies last September issued no press releases commemorating the anniversary and made no mentions on their blogs or on Twitter. While they continue to promote NFC, apparently they did not want to draw attention to the fact that it has taken NFC technology so long to take off.
But as 2012 came to an end, there was a palpable sense that NFC technology was finally beginning to roll out–with commercial launches underway or planned for 2013 in just about every major industrialized country–albeit most launches will be small.