Wisconsin Company Becomes First In The US To Microchip Employees

A Wisconsin company has become the first employer in the United States to start microchipping its workforce. Employees at software company Three Square Market are being microchipped by having a RFID chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted into their hands between their thumb and forefinger. The tiny microchips are embedded under the skin in the fleshy part of the hand and will allow employees to use office equipment, pay for items from vending machines, and to gain access through security locked doors. Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said: “It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,”

KSTP reports: Tbreak room markets that are commonly found in office complexes. Just as people are able to purchase items at the market using phones, Westby wants to do the same thing using a microchip implanted inside a person’s hand. “We’ll come up, scan the item,” he explained while showing how the process will work at an actual break room market kiosk. “We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now.” “I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product.”

More than 50 Three Square Market employees are having the devices implanted starting next week. Each chip is about the size of a single grain of rice. Along with purchasing market kiosk items, employees will be able to use the chip to get into the front door and log onto their computers. Each chip costs $300 and the company is picking up the tab. They’re implanted between a person’s thumb and forefinger. Westby added the data is both encrypted and secure. “There’s no GPS tracking at all,” he said. Although the devices won’t be able to track employees physical location, they will enable employers to keep a log of their comings and goings. Bosses will be able to keep track of worker’s timekeeping, see which door they passed through last and locate them in the building, see what they bought from the vending machines, and even how long their bathroom breaks last for.

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