Microchips For Rail Commuters in Sweden

What We Know About Microchips

Swedish company Epicenter created the very first microchip, a small chip that can be inserted under the skin in the hand. In April many of the employees at Epicenter received their own microchips and now anyone is Sweden can get one implanted. The employees who got the implants at Epicenter could use their implants to pay for their meals at work, and open locked doors with an instant scan of their hand. Now the Swedish company is making headlines again because train commuters can now get microchip implants to substitute a train ticket. Anyone in Sweden can get a microchip implant which will allow them to always have their train ticket on them, this is a convenient new technology for regular commuters. But many people worldwide remain skeptical of this new technology. Stephen Ray a press officer at the SJ said in a BBC interview that “There is no transmitter here so you cannot be tracked like a GPS or something”. Daily Mail reports that occasionally the rail staff would see the passengers LinkedIn profile instead of their train information. Daily Mail also reports that over 3,000 commuters now have these microchip implants.

Remi Baker at Mumbrella wrote a article about her experience getting a microchip implant. She got two micro chip implants one in her left hand and one in her right. Like the employees at Epicenter she can now open doors and use devices in her office instantly once the devices scan her hand. Her second chip is connected to her LinkedIn profile allowing her to share her profile with anyone almost instantly. She says the microchips will soon be able to hold credit card information, but she cannot yet connect her second chip to a bank card. Having a microchip connected to a card would make payments even more convenient than credit cards, or apple/android pay. Below you can find a link to all my references and in Baker’s article on Mumbrella she describes the process of the implant itself.

My Thoughts

Personally I am still very skeptical of these microchips. Having any sensitive information on one of these chips seems like a major security risk until the technology advances. I don’t believe the convenience outweighs the risks at least until we see how this technology performs in the long run. Baker in her article says she wanted to connect her bank card to her chip and they denied her. Also the rail staff reportedly would get a commuters LinkedIn profile instead of their train information, reports like this are probably why Baker was not allowed to connect her bank card to her chip. This is still a new technology and I would advise anyone on the fence about getting it to at least wait until the technology advances and is more reliable.

Sources

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4876326/3-000-Swedish-commuters-using-microchips-travel-cards.html

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-41178142/rail-company-accepts-tickets-on-a-microchip-in-your-hand

Mumbrellahttps://mumbrella.com.au/why-i-got-a-linkedin-enabled-microchip-implanted-in-my-hand-471216

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