Wisconsin company to microchip its employees in August

Come August, employees at one Wisconsin company will be microchipped.

According to a statement released by Three Square Market on July 20, the microchip will allow employees to buy things from the micro market in the company break room, open doors, log in to computers, and use the copy machine, among other things.

The company maintained in its statement that the program is optional for all employees. In the same statement, the company said it expects over 50 staff members to volunteer for microchipping.

The microchip implant, according to the statement, utilizes a technology known as Near Field Communication, or NFC, which the company notes is being used by contactless credit cards and mobile payments. The chip itself will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger, underneath the skin.

"We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals.  Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc," said the company's CEO, Todd Westby, in the statement.

Company officials said in the statement that employees will be microchipped at a "chip party" that is scheduled for August 1, at the company headquarters in River Falls.

In its statement, the company described itself as a company that specializes in micro market technology. On its official website, the company described a micro market as a self-service store that is shrunk down and placed in a business.


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