NFC - Pet Identification and Lost Property
Two things that make me think NFC might be the greatest thing to ever happen to anyone ever.
First, my niece and nephew once lost, for the period of four hours, their dog Tops. Tops was great and they loved Tops and for four hours the world ended as Tops roamed the neighborhood, somehow managing to elude the ever watchful eyes of my niece and nephew, their parents, and their diligent, hoarse uncle. We eventually found him taking a nap in a neighbor’s backyard, but as much as I make fun of my sister and her family for their reaction during what was a short period of time, this is only because I have never owned a dog. I really do understand the reaction and after seeing the looks of pain on the faces of those kids got me wondering if there might be a better way than hoping someone found Tops and took him to the vet. They had had him microchipped, so this would have been a great outcome, but it also depends on other people doing the right thing, which, as pessimistic as this might sound, is something I’ve learned not to do.
NFC can make this better because it can cut out the middle man. If every pet was microchipped with NFC technology, people who found a stray dog could, if they were so inclined, download a pet registry app and find out the contact information of the dog’s owner. Of course, this still depends on people doing the right thing, but there’s simply no getting around that, is there?
Second, if every piece of property we owned, from the small sculpture of Mickey Mantle to our keys could be equipped with an NFC chip, we might not ever lose anything again. Think about it. You are moving from an apartment into a home. A week or so after you move you realize you left something in the old apartment. After calling your old landlord and having no luck, you might have to give up. This would not be the case, however, if you had NFC chips installed in the property that meant the most to you, getting your stuff back might be easy. Of course you would have to yet again depend on people to do the right thing, but assuming they did it, they might just be able to scan that object and get any information you were willing to attach to it. This information might be (and probably should be) as simple as your email address or phone number, giving them the opportunity to contact you and set up a place at which to give the object back to you.
That’s right, folks! NFC systems could be saving little Timmy or Sally from traumatic experiences in the future. I’m saving lives here people!