Three Square Market will start offering the chips to let workers log into computers and open doors with the swipe of a hand

Logging into your work computer or buying a snack with just the swipe of your hand might sound like something from science fiction, but this will soon be a reality for employees at one Wisconsin-based technology company.

Three Square Market announced earlier this month that it will be offering implanted chip technology to all of its employees starting August 1. But if the idea sounds like it’s opening the door for Big Brother, the company is clear that the implants would only be for added convenience around the office, not surveillance.

Employees implanted with the chips will be able to open doors, log into computers, use copy machines and make purchases at the company’s break room micro market. Assuaging privacy concerns, the company said there are no GPS or tracking features included in the chip, and since it’s “passive,” it also can’t be hacked. The program is optional for all employees, though the company says that more than 50 people have already volunteered.

Three Square Market is a producer of automated vending units (“micro markets”) that can utilize RFID chips. The company is testing the chips at its offices as part of what it sees as the future for RFID, which it says will help grow its other self-checkout businesses, including unmanned convenience stores and fitness centers. It currently has over 2,000 kiosks in operation in nearly 20 countries.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market… to unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals,” Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby said in a statement. “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, [and] all purchasing opportunities.”

Three Square Market will be working with BioHax International, a Swedish technology firm, to install the chips and says it will focus on expanding growth into the European market, where RFID chips are more widely used than in the U.S.

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Logging into your work computer or buying a snack with just the swipe of your hand might sound like something from science fiction, but this will soon be a reality for employees at one Wisconsin-based technology company.

Three Square Market announced earlier this month that it will be offering implanted chip technology to all of its employees starting August 1. But if the idea sounds like it’s opening the door for Big Brother, the company is clear that the implants would only be for added convenience around the office, not surveillance.