Three Square Market became the first American company to begin using employee RFID microchips on August 1st 2017. This marks a huge jump forward in workplace technology for domestic companies. The Wisconsin company provides kiosks, displays, beverage makers, and more for mini markets. The company felt that employee RFID microchips would make daily tasks easier, such as logging in to computers or making in office snack purchases.
The microchips are very small, often compared to the size of a grain of rice or seed. The technician uses a syringe to implant the chip under the skin between the thumb and index finger. The microchip uses passive RFID technology, it must be in close proximity to a reader to relay information. To get access to the building, for instance, an employee must be close enough to the door reader for the chip to scan.
Many worry about how employee RFID microchips will effect privacy. A common concern is global location tracking. Geographical tracking is not possible with this type of microchip. This is where understanding the difference between passive and active RFID technology is important. The readable range of RFID devices is determined by the frequency. Passive employee RFID microchips typically operate at a frequency of 134 kHz, which has an average read distance of 6 inches. Larger passive RFID devices have a maximum range of only 19 feet. The readable distance makes it impossible to track anyone that is outside of the maximum proximity zone.
When Three Square Market announced the microchips, as many as 62% of employees indicated that they were interested in getting chipped. Reports show that about half of employees successfully received the implant. Businesses may be hesitant to adopt microchips due to employee concerns, chip management, and initial costs. Industries that require a high level of security, such as pharmaceuticals, may be earliest to consider the technology. Online opinions demonstrate that workers are in no hurry to use employee RFID microchips.
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