A tech company from the US have announced they will become the first in the country to microchip their employees. Three Market Square from Wisconsin who create software for break rooms states that they will be offering the microchips to all of their employees from the 1st August, but stress that this is very much voluntary project.
The chip will be smaller than a grain of rice and implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger and will mean employees can purchase food, open security locked doors, and log in to computers- all with a scan of their finger. This will be through the use of what’s called ‘near-field communications’ the same technology you see in contactless cards and mobile payments.
Biometric information and technology are currently encountering a huge rise in popularity, just earlier this year a Swedish rail company began to offer passengers the choice of having a chip implanted into their hand as opposed to a paper train ticket.
“Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transport, all purchasing opportunities, etc,”.The company’s chief executive, Todd Westby, stated in a press release.
"The international marketplace is wide-open and we believe that the future trajectory of total market share is going to be driven by who captures this arena first," said the chief operating officer, Patrick McMullan.
Though the trend is exciting and offers a streamlined process like no other- there are a number of concerns surrounding safety and privacy. Hackers from Germany were able to trick an iris scanner, earlier this year using a picture and a contact lens. Another example is investigators at Vkansee, a mobile security firm who were able to unlock iPhones by using Play-Doh to gather fingerprints.