Your badge will be a chip under your skin
- May 17, 2019
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A Swedish microchip company has been sought after by British companies wishing to improve their security systems and prevent employees from accessing restricted areas. The solution is radical: they want to deploy the small devices under people's skin.
As the Business Insider points out, the main benefit of the procedure would be convenience, with the microchip serving as an identification badge to grant access to buildings and pay for things in the office, such as food or prints, as well as restricting access to forbidden areas with more efficiency.
Implants, similar to microchips commonly used in pets, are inserted in the hand between the thumb and forefinger. Biohax, the company that produces the technology, says the implant process takes only a few seconds. Once under the skin, microchips work like non-contact payment systems-just approach the hand of a scanner to activate it.
Although Biohax has not given the names of the companies that have come in contact to adopt the news, it told the Telegraph that one of them is "a financial service with hundreds of thousands of employees."
Practice worries workers
Even before they are implemented, modern badges already generate negative reactions. "We know that workers are concerned that some employers are using technology to control and micromanage, lowering their employees' right to privacy," said Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Federation of Trade Unions of the United Kingdom, .with.
Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax, seeks to reassure the public about the intentions of the new method. "If this came from a government, I'd be like, 'You know what? This will not happen'. We are from private initiative, we are doing this with our community, for our community, "Österlund said.
Biohax has not informed the date when it intends to debut the novelty. The use of microchips under the skin does not always have purely professional purposes. A Bloomberg report published in October indicates that Supermicro's microchips would have been used by China to steal secrets from Apple. However, companies deny the case.