Would You Let Your Employer Microchip You?

By: Lauren Mineau

One company is offering to implant microchips into its employee’s hands, which will allow them to open doors, log into their computers and purchase snacks in the break room.

Three Square Market, based in River Falls, Wisconsin, says they plan on about 50 employees taking advantage of this voluntary technology. The company says the chips are about the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted under the skin between the thumb and forefinger.

Source:  32Market.com

During the short procedure, a syringe containing the chip is slid underneath the skin.

With the wave of a hand, employees will be able to open doors that require identification cards, log into their computers, operate copy machines or pay for snacks out of the company's vending machines, the company said.

The chips operate on electromagnetic fields and must be no more than six inches from a device that can read them, known as radio-frequency identification. They're not GPS-trackable and they use security measures similar to many credit card encryptions, according to the company.

Three Square Market has an interest in the technology because it owns machines that can utilize microchips. They specialize in the technology behind micromarkets and kiosks, essentially higher-tech vending machines.

The company is partnering with Swedish-based BioHax International to install the technology, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for the marketing of the VeriChip to medical patients.

"This is the future," CEO Todd Westby said on the Today Show.

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