posted on Feb, 12 2006 @ 07:32 AM
CityWatcher, a Cinncinnati based surveillance company, has introduced new security measures which require an injected RFID tag in order to access the
company's datacenter. The new program was implemented with the hopes of enhancing security for the video surveillance tapes contained in the
datacenter. Ironically, a recent discovery by security researcher Jonathan Westhues reveals the potential of duplicating an implant's
Two employees have been injected with RFID chips this week as part of a new requirement to access their company's datacenter.
Cincinnati based surveillance company CityWatcher.com created the policy with the hopes of increasing security in the datacenter where video
surveillance tapes are stored. In the past, employees accessed the room with an RFID tag which hung from their keychains, however under the new
regulations an implantable, glass encapsulated RFID tag from VeriChip must be injected into the bicep to gain access, a release from spychips.com said
Although the company does not require the microchips be implanted to maintain employment, anyone without one will not be able to access the
datacenter, according to a Register article.
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Whether or not this is the first such instance where a company has required RFID tags to enhance security, frankly, seems irrelevant. I believe it is
only a matter of time until we see a trickle-down effect resulting in a broader application of this technology. At the time of this post we are
already seeing startups for several tagging related services, everything from tagging your pet to tagging your child. Perhaps the day when tagging
will be a requirement for employment, not just high security positions, is not that far off.
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[edit on 2-12-2006 by Valhall]