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Access for employees: Is the future under your skin?

Posted on: 22/02/2015

A new office block in Sweden is offering workers the chance to have a microchip implanted under their skin to allow them to access to various services within the building.

A tiny gadget the size of a grain of rice is implanted in employees hands. It then allows them to open doors, or use the photocopier, even buy food from the cafe, all with a wave of the wrist.
 
"We already interact with technology all the time," said Hannes Sjoblad, who is in charge of implanting the chips and has an implant containing his business card details. "Today it's a bit messy: we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn't it be easy to just touch with your hand? That's really intuitive."
 
BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones raised doubts of the wider social acceptability of RFID implants after having one of the chips inserted while visiting Epicenter."All sorts of things are possible," he wrote. "Whether it becomes culturally acceptable to insert technology beneath our skin is another matter."
 
But Sjoblad, a chief disruption officer at the Swedish biohacking group BioNyfiken, believes the use of RFIDs is just the beginning."I believe we have just started discovering the things we can do with this. There is huge potential for life-logging. With the fitness-tracking wearables at the moment, you have to type in what you are eating or where you are going," he said.
 
"Instead of typing data into my phone, when I put it down and tap it with my implant it will know I am going to bed."Imagine sensors around a gym that recognises, for instance, who is holding a dumbbell via the tag in your hand. There is an ongoing explosion in the Internet of Things.The sensors will be around for me to be able to register my activity in relation to them."
 
Of course, this echnology improves the security around access to a premise, but if this trend takes off in the future, you need to ensure other aspects of your security are up to scratch too.
 
 
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