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Microchip implants the future for UAE residents?


DUBAI – Goodbye bank cards, keys and documents. The future of shopping and other daily tasks for UAE residents may all rest in a microchip implant as small as a grain of rice.

Etisalat unveiled the futuristic technology during the recent Gitex Technology Week. The telecom provider has partnered with Swedish firm Biohax International for the microchip implant.

How does it work?

Etisalat did not say when the technology would be implemented, but said that microchips implanted in a person’s hand will allow them the ultimate mobile access.

The microchip can be loaded with all kinds of data, including your medical history, passwords for seamless digital interaction that will do away with kids, tokens, access cards and even money.

According to Jowan Osterlund, founder and CEO of Biohax International, the microchip can be injected under the skin between the index finger and thumb.

Osterlund said that the microchip will allow people to start a car, or open doors, among many digitally compatible possibilities. The chip can be used for up to 20 years before it needs to be replaced. It currently costs 150 Euros (Dh605). DAJ/Expat Media


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