US company installing microchips into workers

Drive 22/08/2018
Someone holding a microchip. Photo. File.

An American company is installing microchips in their employees.

Three Square Market, a company based in Wisconsin that designs software and technology for mini markets, is the first company in the US to install the microchips.

The microchips enable employees to do activities such as making purchases in their break room micro market or vending machine, open doors, login to computers and use the copy machine.

The implanted Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chip is the size of a grain of rice and Three Square Market insists it has no GPS tracking capabilities.

"Being a technology company you're always looking for the next gadget or application. We deal with payment applications, so what we did is we thought you can pay with your phones - it's an RFID chip - why not try to pay with our hands with an RFID chip," CEO Todd Westby told RadioLIVE Drive.

"We decided to offer it to our employees - we now have 92 employees who have a microchip implanted in their hand.

When the idea was announced last month, Mr Westby said in a statement: "Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc."

The chip implant uses near-field communications; the same technology used in contactless credit cards and mobile payments.

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