Sweden Begin Microchipping Commuters To Pay For Their Train Journey
SJ rail controversial move raises privacy concerns
By: Daniel Newton
Microchip implants in Sweden are nothing new, in April Neon Nettle reported that companies in Sweden had begun microchipping their workforces with RFID chips embedded under the skin, the first company implanted 150 of their staff with tracking devices.
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The DailyMail reports: Speaking to the Sun Online, Stephen Ray, press officer at SJ, said that the idea was put forward by a technology start-up in Stockholm called Epicenter, where many of the staff are already implanted with microchips.
One flaw in the system meant that rail staff would sometimes be shown a passenger’s LinkedIn profile instead of their ticket information.
But Mr Ray reassured that the problem was quickly resolved, saying: ‘That’s why we call it a trial.’
Peter Dahlqvist, Head of SJ Business Sales said: ‘SJ is already one of Sweden’s most digital companies, so this new project could be started up very quickly.
‘The microchip ticket is a good example of how we are happy to try out new ideas alongside customers and help to force the pace of digital development.’
There are currently no plans to bring the scheme to the UK.