We are used to swiping our cards whenever we purchase something, make transactions, or ride a bus and train but have you ever think of something that can substitute the use of cards in our daily activities?
Have you heard of RFID chip? RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This is a chip a little bit larger than the size of a rice grain and is implanted underneath the skin. It is placed in a person’s hand.
RFID chip about 12 mm long slightly larger than a grain of rice.
Other companies offer their employees to be chipped while other people want to experience ease in their transactions and activities. By just a tap on the hand no more passwords, pin codes and long process to go through.
The chips are very easy and quick to implant under the skin. It is also uncomplicated to remove. It can last for about ten years or more.
Opinions of people vary; some are for it while others are against.
John Kindervag, a principal security and privacy analyst at Forrester Research said,
“RFID implants are simply scary and pose a major threat to privacy and security.”
According to him, hackers and thieves can steal information in the chip by placing readers in unnoticeable places like stores. According to Kindervag the chip is activated when a person implanted with it comes near the electronic reader. Electronic readers when hacked can gain access in sensitive data.
While others are in favor of the chip,
Hannes Sjöblad founder of Bionyfiken , a Swedish association of Biohackers said,
“I fundamentally believe that smart implants are a technology of the future.”
According to him it can help ease and speed up transaction and process in the future. Hannes Sjöblad said,
“But this is really just a beginning. I believe it will be possible to use them for riding public transport within a year or two. I believe it will be possible to facilitate payments with implants within two years,”
“I believe they will have the capacity to replace fitness trackers within 3 years. And that, indeed, is still just the beginning.”
However, some companies use RFID chips plainly for speeding up work process in the office and not for tracking individual nor for outside use.
A swedish company named Epicenter believed that their company is an ideal ground for testing this advanced technology.
According to Patrick Mesterton Co-founder and CEO of the company, their employees have a personal choice whether they like to be chipped or not; it’s totally voluntary.
RFID chip is implanted under the skin using a syringe.
The use of this RFID chip in Epicenter is only for work. According to Patrick Mesterton, the chip cannot track a person, it can only be used to open their office doors, operate secured printers, run photocopy machines and also it can correspond in an employee’s phone to send their business cards.
A tap of the hand can open door
The Cofounder of Epicenter is also hoping that in the future the micro chip can be used in their office canteen to purchase food and be used in health care purposes.
“I think also for health-care reasons … you can sort of communicate with your doctor and you can get data on what you eat and what your physical status is.”
According to him this chip implant is very safe and protected. Mesterton said;
“You have your own identification code and you’re sending that to something else which you have to grant access to. So there’s no one else that can sort of follow you on your ID, so to say. It’s you who decides who gets access to that ID”
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