In Sweden, the first country in the world is to pay your train ticket with no money or virtual money: it is made through a chip that you have in hand. We will tell you how this technology works and why the debate arises.
The small relief on the hand of Dave Williams is the size of a grain of rice and lies between its thick finger and the observer. It is barely tangible, but when it opens its door to the door, it becomes a focus center.
This British software engineer working for Mozilla has a microchip embedded in his hand through a pill that works with an electronic circuit with wireless technology.
"I have a very bad memory," said the BBC. That's why, if he does not forget the home keys, he decided to set up a small device.
In Sweden and in other countries (Germany, Australia and New Zealand), the same type of chips are carried out, which have led to the development of this new technology.
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But the Swedish case cares a lot. Thousands of people in the Nordic Nation – about 3,000, according to an AFP report, already introduced in May this year with microchips. The figure is likely even higher.
"More and more people in Sweden are deploying RFID chips and use their unlock doors," carry "train tickets as well as make payments," says microbiology doctor at BBC Mundo Ben Libberton laboratory. MAX IV in Southern Sweden in Lund.
An RFID, unlike the barcode, provides remote access with information. Laburdi labels, ski resorts and pets also use "identification chips".
They also apply to most smartphone and non-contact cards, as well as electronic passports.
But in recent years, the use of humans has been especially important. Sweden is a trend.
When the topics began in 2015, Epicenter, a Stockholm-based high-tech company, announced that it would be controversial, announcing that they would put chickens for their employees.
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With wrist twisting, the staff could enter the building, use a photocopier or pay for a coffee.
"It's the greatest comfort," said company creator and director Patrick Mesterton in 2017. "It can replace a lot of things, such as a credit card or keys."
Pay by hand
Chips allow you to make payments contact (without contact), a specially promoted practice in Sweden, the value of all transactions in 2016 in cash.
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Some of these transactions are made on board trains.
The national railway company SJ – the largest in the country – to accept this world's first payment type.
When reviewers go through, some passengers hook their hands smartphone. The train ticket seems like a past thing.
Every person with a micro-handheld in his hands has to register in the company to get a number and pay.
Stephen Ray, director of SJ communications, knows the system very well, because he has a microclip in his hand.
In this way, the reviewer's mobile phone screen indicates that passengers pay the card and show their number and name.
"SJ is the only information that reads microchip entries in the SJ loyalty program," says Rayk BBC World.
"This number is not considered confidential and customer privacy is guaranteed from our perspective," he adds.
Nowadays, this technology is only used in your company for regional trips. But the plan covers much more.
However, Ray "will never be compulsory" for clients to implement these chips and "is an optional service to be considered for a study project".
Stephen says the idea of this initiative is to accelerate the updating of other things (and other payments), such as a credit card.
However, not all microchips have a favorable side or perspective.
"This technology reduces the card and device they need, minimizes" miniaturization "and is impossible to lose," says Libberton BBC Mundo.
But the microbiologist warns of how the chips are concerned about the privacy and safety of people who use them.
"These chips are integrated into more digital services, they will reveal more data if they put them at risk – the security point is weak," she says.
"Imagine that if you use your home to unlock your account or access your bank account, your convenience will make it easier for you to filter out important data."
And there is a question in the air: "Risk will be greater when chips begin to enter biological data, what companies know more about your health, which are ethical implications and who decides the rules?" , concludes.