The Implantable Chip comes to
By Stephan Fuchs,
Applied Digital Solutions, a high-tech
company from Palm Beach, USA, announced in a press release on November 10th 2003
that their daughter company Verichip Corporation received an order for 400
implantable chips and 34 scanners. Buyer is the swiss-russian enterprise RussGPS
that has an exclusive licence to sell the implantable chip in Switzerland and
Verichip is the first implantable micro chip in the form of a
rice corn that is accessible to the wider public. After Mexico, Argentine,
Brazil, Chilli, Paraguay, Uruguay and Spain, and after a broad advertisement
tour in North America, the marketing of Verichip will now take place in
Switzerland and Russia as well. In South
America alone, some 135,000 chips and 7,650 Scanners will be distributed in the
next four years. The Metro Risk Management Group (Miami, USA) is serving the
markets in these countries. The company was set up in 1998 by
security experts from CIA and FBI, and is specialized in anti-terrorism actions,
freeing hostages and surveillance.
The Swiss partner for
Verichip is RussGPS, a daughter of Russline.ru. The company Russline.ru is a
joint venture of Russian investors and the Swiss internet service provider
SwissWeb GmbH in Zurich. RussGPS has offices in Moscow and Zurich and is
specialized in locating vehicles and persons. In a first tranche, RussGPS
obliged to buying 1000 implantable chips and 100 scanners. The deal includes
that RussGPS has to buy at least 5 1,000 chips and 2,600 scanners in the next
five years to keep the exclusive marketing licence for the Swiss and Russian
market. RussGPS plans to use Verichip mainly for security and identification.
The technology itself is not new. Already for a while now, chips are implanted
into cows, cats and dogs, but the implantable into humans frightens a lot of
people. Already in 1999, the
company Applied Digital Solutions ADS came with a product called "Digital
Angel". It was announced as a chip that could be implanted under the skin of a
person for numerous purposes. According to ADS, the primary use would
have been for e-commerce, because every user would be able to prove his identity
with such a chip, and would be able to be located by the satellite-location
system GPS. GPS was built for military purposes but is used for civilian
purposes as well. Richard Sullivan, director of the company, prophesied himself
and the astonished media representatives a market of 100 billion dollars in
North America alone.
ADS head of development Peter Zhou compared
"Digital Angel" with a vaccination: "Both save your live. When vaccinations were
introduced, most people opposed them. But now we don't even think about them."
Zhou went as far as stating that "Digital Angel" would become the connection
between humans and the electronic world: "He will be your guardian. We will be
hybrids between electronical intelligence and our own soul."
too euphoric. The chip that was meant to go under the skin met harsh criticism.
Under the loud protest of different public-rights and Christian groups, ADS had
to put the "Digital Angel" back in the drawer. The company suddenly demented,
that they ever seriously had been thinking about the implementation of the
product. In a scaled-down form the "Angel" is now only available as wrist watch
on foot chain for children, convicts or people with Alzheimer's.
now the situation has changed again. Everything seems to be possible now, since
citizens' wish to feel safe is boiling over since the terrorist attacks in
America, and the management sees new opportunities arise.
Verichip is a micro chip encased with
glass. It has the form or a rice grain: 12 millimetres long and
2.1 millimetres in diameter, and can be
implemented under the skin. It can be loaded with an alphanumeric
identification code for the reliable identification of the carrier and with
life-saving information, which allows doctors in the case of an accident fast
and the correct help. One first thought the police in New York City, the
military staff and all others who want to get a bigger feeling of security with
Verichip and who would be willing to get the chip implemented. The procedure is
done ambulant. A small prick and a band aid and the implant is ready and of
course it is done voluntarily.
The Verichip does not need internal,
chip- integrated energy because it can be read as soon as it is recognised by a
scanner that displays the undeletable identification code on scanner display ...
just as in the supermarket.
Verichip is manufactured by Raytheon
Microelectronics Espana S.A., a daughter of one of the world's largest arms
company, Raytheon. Two thirds of the turn-over stems from deals with the
National Security Agency NSA and the US Ministry of Defence.
small step from the implantable chip for animals to Verichip. The company
Destron Fearing is working in the field of animal identification since the 1950s
and marketed an implantable chip for animals as early as 1987, In 1991, its
radio frequency identification technology was bought by Hughes Aircraft
Corporation, a US company that is specialized in battle plane and space
technology. Hughes Aircraft modified the chip in its department "Hughes
Identification Devices" to make the chip that can be implemented in humans. In
patent terms, broadening the usage from animals to include humans is quite easy.
According to evolution biology, humans are mammals, and the patent issue is
solved. Don Small, vice president of Hughes Identification Devices: "If we
define an animal as a mammal, then this would of course include humans." In
1997, the modified chip was bought by Raytheon, and Hughes Microelectronics
Espana S.A. who produces the chips was renamed Raytheon Microelectronics Espana
S.A. It now delivers the chips to Destron Fearing who after their merger with
Applied Digital Solutions, is now marketing "Verichip".
the German original "Der implantierbare Chip erreicht die Schweiz" by