The hands of residents of a high-tech office building complex in Sweden contain RFID chips. By using this chip, residents pass through security doors without a PIN code or card and use services. Furthermore, workers at Epicenter, a 15,000 square feet building in Stockholm, Sweden, pay for lunch using RFID. The owner of the Epic Center said he wants it to become a facility that leads to rapidly growing digital companies and creative high-tech companies. Some of the company's employees at the Epicenter are choosing to use "faults" as "NFC transplants", said Hannes Sjoblad, who founded Bionyfiken, a Swedish branch of BioHackers. “The number is not large yet, but the rate is growing fast," he said.
“In addition to the Epicenter, there are several offices, companies, fitness centers and schools in Stockholm where occupants use RFID/Near Field Communication (NFC) chips to enter and leave the building,” Sjoblad said. Bionipiken, who studies RFID implants that are the size of rice grains, has just begun an enterprise-wide study of RFIC/NFC implants. The group, which belongs to Suyoblard, tested the chip last year. The project aims to form a community of more than 100 users who have NFC implanted to perform tests that understand and develop their applications. Chips can be used to track an employee’s ID and location beyond entering and leaving buildings. Project participants are usually given chips at their own expense.
Bionipiken is working to educate and raise public awareness about implants under the skin that are not dangerous at all and can be useful in daily life. "The RFID implant community, consisting of various groups that test the technology as part of their daily activities, is rapidly increasing," explains Bionipiken's Web page. "The chip can simply be transplanted or removed. Implant chips have a very long life. The chips I use, can be used for more than 10 years. "I think we need to recognize that RFID implants are a personal choice," said Sjoblard. This is because it is a matter related to "individual integrity" that he and his colleagues place great importance on. "We believe that smart implants are one of the technologies of the future," said Sjoblard.
However, some people are against implanting wireless transmission chips that contain user ID information under their skin. In this regard, John Kinderback, senior analyst for security and privacy at Forrester Research, said RFID transplants are "scary" and could pose a major threat to privacy and security. RFID/NFC chips that are transplanted or carried on a passive basis are activated when they are close to the electronic reader. However, there is a risk that someone who steals RFID chips from others will hack into readers and steal important data. Confidential information can be accessed after activating RFID/NFC chips by installing readers in places where criminals can avoid attention, such as retail stores.
External RFID chips in smartphones, fobs and cards can be placed in protective covers or wallets that block NFC signals, except when used. But Suyoblath stressed that implants help improve efficiency and eliminate the hassle. RFID chips are already used on car keys and membership cards. They are also used as a password and pin code when logging in to smartphones, tablets and computers. "It's just beginning," said Snyoblard. “Personally, I think it can also be used for public transportation within one to two years. It will also be possible to make payments on the implant basis within two years. It doesn't stop here. I believe it will be able to replace the fitness tracker in about three years. I emphasize again, but it's just begun," he stressed.
|▲ chip shape, the size of a grain of rice|
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