A Wisconsin company will become the first U.S. company to provide employees implantable microchips.
According to a July 20 news release, Three Square Market will offer the technology to all employees during a “chip party” on Aug. 1. The program is optional.
“Employees will be implanted with a RFID chip allowing them to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, etc.,” the company said in the news release.
More than 50 staff members are expected to be voluntarily chipped between the thumb and forefinger underneath the skin. The chip uses the same near-field communications chip technology used in credit cards.
The company said there is no GPS tracking in the chips because the technology is similar to an office keycard.
A Three Square Market executive said the chipping of employees at a Swedish company, BioHax International, inspired the Wisconsin business. Three Square Market, or 32M, is partnering with BioHax on the effort.
32M, based in River Falls, about 30 miles east of Minneapolis, builds and manages break room vending machine systems that utilize kiosks and software for purchases. Executives believe the chip technology will help 32M grow its business.
“We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems, much like micro markets have steadily replaced vending machines. As a leader in micro market technology, it is important that 32M continues leading the way with advancements such as chip implants,” 32M CEO Todd Westby said.