At least two companies – one in the United States and the other in Sweden – began to provide their employees with the implantation of a microchip under the skin. In theory, such devices will help workers to open their doors with the touch of a hand, pay for lunch, etc.
In the US, 41 employees of a small technology company voluntarily agreed to carry a microchip under the skin. And the employees of the companies located in the new Stockholm innovative cluster Epicenter were also offered voluntarily, as an experiment, to implant a microchip under their skin, with which you can open electronic door locks, use copiers and other office tools.
NFC chips are implanted into soft tissues between the forefinger and the thumb using a syringe and trigger when they are in the area of the reader – a printer or another corporate tool. The authors of the idea believe that the more employees use microcircuits, the better protected is the corporate access control system: unlike passes and other identifiers, the chip can not be lost and almost impossible to forge.
The implantation operation has not yet passed medical examination and certification, but, according to Martin Tondel, chief physician of the Center for Occupational Medicine and Occupational Safety at the Academic Hospital in Uppsala, the risk of implantation of the chip can not be high, since it does not have radioactive radiation. Nor does the doctor consider that microchips can begin to wander through the human body and cause, for example, blockage of blood vessels.
Today microchips have implanted more than 150 of 700 employees of Epicenter. It brings staff to digital authentication and a supplier of vending machines from Wisconsin Three Square Market (32M): more than 60% of employees have implanted the chip in their company. And if you believe the media, these people are happy with the “upgrade”.
In Russia, obstetrician-gynecologist Alexander Volchek, who works in one of the maternity homes in Novosibirsk, implanted six more chips under his skin. Some of them are used to open doors and pass through the turnstile at work, others work on a different frequency and are able to store from 800 bytes to 1 kilobyte of information. One of them contains a business card, while others allow you to unlock the computer, store passwords and so on.
The doctor noted that the top of the technology will be the medical application of such chips and a victory, for example, one can consider the creation of an implantable glucometer to measure blood sugar, especially since the necessary technical base for this already exists.
Volchek said that the standard chip size is 2×12 mm, and the minimum chip size is 1.5×8 mm. The design, which contains a ferrite core with a winding and a very small chip, is “packaged” into a small tube made of biologically inert glass. Under the skin, they are injected with a large syringe with a thick needle (injector). If desired, they can be easily extracted.