On Tuesday, over 50 employees at a Wisconsin company were microchipped in the hand during their “chip party.”
The Wisconsin business, Three Square Market, is the first U.S. company to implant their employees with near field communication chips (NFC) and it operates in a similar fashion to the RFID – Radio-Frequency Identification—chip, which is an extension of the RFID tech business.
The chips will be embedded in the hand between the thumb and forefinger within seconds, which will allow employees to use vending machines, login to their computers, open doors, and use office equipment just by waving their hand.
NFC chips are used in some work areas in Europe, and after the installation of NFC chips in Wisconsin, it means there is a chance that more companies in the U.S. will adopt this chip in the workplace.
The COO of Three Square Market, Patrick McMullan, talked about the opportunities that will open in the U.S. due to the chip implantations. "Europe is far more advanced in mobile and chip technology usage than the U.S. and we are thrilled with the growth opportunity this enhancement will bring to us. Thanks to our market partners in Sweden, we met this innovative company and look forward to working with them to take our market share to another level."
Todd Westby, CEO of Three Square Market, also spoke about the benefit of microchips. He told FOX Business that “It’s no different than carrying around a proximity card that you carry around or your credit card that you swipe. We don’t gather that information. It’s submitted directly to the credit card companies.”
Westby also explained how he believes the use of RFID technology will become standardized in our society.
“To drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc."
“We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems,” Westby added.