January 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm #58222
As an experiment, I would like to be able to detect that my iPhone7 has been closed to my reader. Ideally I would like the reader to get some sort of unique data from my iPhone (some ID) when I approach my phone to the reader. And I would like to capture that ID in a program running on my laptop.
Is it possible with any of the Flomio product ?
I am a bit confused about what could be done with for instance the FloBLE, and if it could help with my use-case.
Can the iOS SDK be used to basically just send back my iPhone “ID” for instance ?
Could I have a program listening to what the reader gets back from the phone that has been presented ?
Feel free to redirect me to some documentation you might think would be helpful for my use-case. I am learning obviously here 🙂
LoicJanuary 19, 2017 at 10:02 am #58226
Hi Loic, yes it is possible to do what you propose with Flomio products. However, it’s likely still more complicated to implement than you would like. Apple is very protective of the iPhone’s unique identity so capturing this information is where things get difficult. I would suggest you read the following posts on our blog related to the subject of Apple Wallet passes:
Based on this understanding you’ll see that the iPhone with a unique Apple Wallet pass can be identified uniquely on Flomio reader products for whatever purposes you need. Our readers can connect to a PC for catching the unique pass information.
hope that helps,
RichardJanuary 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm #58231
Thanks for the 2 very informative blog posts!
So besides through Apple Wallet pass, it is not possible to read some data (e.g. an iPhone app providing data) using a NFC reader.
Is there some links, tutorials, sample code I could look at, to implement a simple test where I would use let’s say the FloBLE Plus for instance, hook it up to my laptop, to identify my iPhone using a custom Apple Wallet pass ?
Any pointers are welcome, as I am just starting to look at this.January 20, 2017 at 12:21 am #58313
RE: Read iPhone app data over NFC. This is not possible as the secure element on the iPhone is not exposed via an API for app developers to access. This is an accepted security measure for Trusted Execution Environments. (The secure element is what has access to the NFC interface).
We are in the process of documenting our Apple Wallet Pass solution for use cases like yours. We expect to have that release in Q2 sometime. IN the meantime you can read up on Apple’s NFC pass documentation here.
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