Many companies use electronic ID cards as a security measure to make sure only employees have access to get into the office. Well, soon, employees at one Wisconsin-based company won't need an ID because they will have microchips.
To many it may sound invasive, but come Aug. 1, Three Square Market (32M) will become the first company in the U.S. to offer implanted microchip (RFID chip) technology to all of its employees.
The company, which develops software used in vending machines, said in a press release that the microchips will allow employees to make purchases in the break room, open doors, log in to computers and use the copy machine.
"We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems, much like micro markets have steadily replaced vending machines," Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby said in a release. "As a leader in micro market technology, it is important that 32M continues leading the way with advancements such as chip implants."
The company said it's expecting more than 50 staff members to voluntarily have a chip implanted between the thumb and forefinger underneath the skin.
The chip implant will use near-field communications (NFC), which is the same technology used in contactless credit cards and mobile payments.
Three Square Market said it sees this as a step toward bigger and better things.
"Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc." Westby added.