When chips set in employees
The question may seem outrageous at first glance. Imagine having a microchip implanted in your hand, giving you access to various areas in a building as well as some business-related data. However, if you can simplify quality and management processes, this instantly generates value for your business, and perhaps for you personally. Implanted chips would put an end to passwords and retina scans, meaning that you could pass through security gateways without even realising! Wouldn’t it be wonderful?
Home automation at your service
These microchips, which also make it possible to open the door of your house or car, are receiving a very warm reception from our English friends. And so much, they will soon be making their way across the Channel to France, Spain, and Germany. Presumably, the personal data that is collected and transmitted by these chips will be secure and encrypted. In any event, we hope so. After all, our movements, preferences and communications with other people and smart objects are already being stored somewhere in the cloud.
A test has already been carried out on 150 volunteers
Bioteq, the company that is already marketing these chips, doesn’t seem the least bit worried. Steve Northam, the British company’s founder, reminds us that 150 people have already volunteered and consented to have those chips implanted. These 150 people are primarily private individuals. Including the enterprise market, only a few volunteers are actually testing the system. Besides, Jowan Osterlund is the founder of BioHax, a Swedish company that also wants to enter the English market. For his part, HE asserts that RFID-based microchips “enable a significant enhancement of enterprise security, particularly for companies that process sensitive data.”
Protection of privacy and personal data
Securing the enterprise and its staff seems to be a worthy goal. So how can we ensure that this personal data will not also be used by employees to monitor their employees’ lives whether they are not at work? How can we avoid ethical breaches or hacking of these new ways of transmitting confidential information? Let’s quote any Hollywood movie where intelligence agents are tracked down and captured before being released with a chip under their skin. Is that really reassuring?
Naturally, defenders of privacy and individual liberty will need to address these questions very quickly.
Implanted chips: a solution for the French healthcare system?
The state of technological progress is such that many new horizons are opening while citizens look on in amazement. Our thirst for something new and our attraction to the craziest technologies will undoubtedly trigger an influx of volunteers, while the promise of “having everything on you” in terms of sensitive data is very tempting. The healthcare sector, which was Bioteq’s original target in 2015, springs readily to mind. Indeed, if all our details are recorded on our chip and our medical records are “inside us” there could be many benefits if an accident occurs. The company asserts that its “implants” are performed in a sterile area and are fully compliant with medical security standards. Steve Northam, the company’s CEO, is also its first ambassador and is himself equipped with a chip that does just about everything!
So, if you’re ready for it, all you have to do is make a booking on Bitoteq’s website by filling out a very short form, then going to their premises near Southampton. It’s all as simple as shaking hands!