This one is moving the technology into the next century! We have always heard about companies testing the waters out on RFID tagging employees for different things such as getting into the building, paying for things in the cafe and others. Well, this Wisconsin company is doing just that! Well, only if the employee wishes to do so. It is not mandatory.
Three Square Market, a Wisconsin technology company, is offering to install a microchip in its employees. Unlike many futuristic scenarios, the decision is completely up to each individual employee. There will still be some people who don’t want to be tracked and feel it is a security breech. But, there are others who would love the security and ease of use.
The microchip, no larger than a grain of rice, would allow employees to scan into the building and buy food in the breakroom, among other office duties. It would be inserted between the thumb and forefinger and use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) to work. At least 50 of the company’s employees plan to have the microchip installed.
“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals,” said Todd Westby, CEO of the company via a press release. ” Each chip costs $300 and the company will pay for them. Westby said the data is both encrypted and secure and for those wondering, GPS tracking will not be part of the microchip. Those interested in getting one installed will have it done at a “chip party” at Three Square Market’s office on August 1.
Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”