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50 employees have volunteered to be microchipped to log into computers, buy snacks, among other things

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A Wisconsin-based vending machine company has offered its employees the opportunity to have a microchip implanted in their hands to make accessing certain services more convenient.

Three Square Market (32M) is offering implanted chip technology to all of their employees on August 1st, 2017. Employees will be implanted with a RFID chip allowing them to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, etc. This program, offered by 32M, is optional for all employees. The company is expecting over 50 staff members to be voluntarily chipped.

The RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chip, which is about the size of a really large rice grain will be implanted under the skin, between the thumb and forefinger. The chips are being created by BioHax International, a Swedish-based company. They are the same people that stirred up a frenzy a few years back when they implanted LED implants in their hands.

According to their press release, the chip allows employees to make purchases in the company’s break room market (vending machines), open doors, login to computers, use copy machines, and even store health information.

32M says the chips cost about $300 each, but the bill will be covered entirely by the company.

According to the company, the data on these chips will be encrypted, using similar technology as found in today’s chip and pin credit cards. Also, the devices use Near-Field Communication (NFC) to transmit data to and from readers, and cannot be tracked via GPS.

While RFID trackers may be an option for now, it would be interesting to see if companies eventually make them mandatory 50 years from now. As someone who works for a company that uses time-tracking software to calculate efficiency, I am not too sure if I’m excited about this.

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