A microchip technology introduced in recent years by Stockholm-based startup Epicenter is billed as a means of storing the COVID-19 vaccine passport under the skin, according to a video from the South China Post which went viral on Friday.
The firm has unveiled an implant capable of storing a COVID passport that can then be read by any device that uses the near field communication protocol (NFC), according to the video.
The video featured DSruptive CEO Hannes Sjöblad, who was the founder of the Swedish Association of Biohackers.
Sjöblad demonstrated how Epicenter’s rice-sized microchip, which has been adapted as a COVID-19 passport, is implanted under the skin, either in the arm or between the thumb and forefinger.
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Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based technology company, became the first company in the US to offer its employees similar free microchip implants in August 2017. The chip gives employees access to rooms locked and the ability to pay for food and beverages at break. bedroom.
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The microchips were delivered to Three Square Market (32M) at the time by Biohax, which was run by Jowan Österlund, a Swedish tattoo artist and body piercing specialist, according to The Guardian.
“Over time, this technology will standardize, allowing you to use it as a passport, public transportation, all shopping opportunities, etc.,” said Todd Westby, CEO of 32M at the time.
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The technology the company uses is called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), which uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. The chips also use Near Field Communications (NFC), the same type of technology used in most contactless credit cards and mobile payments.
Westby said at the time that these microchips have already become very popular in many European countries and that companies intended to be at the forefront by bringing them to the United States. Now they could become COVID passports.