SJ Rail has announced an experiment with about 100 people to plant smart chips in their own hands to pay for their trip as an alternative to tickets. In a recent interview with the BBC, the company revealed that an estimated 3,000 people are using the service now.
According to the website of the newspaper “Daily Mail” British, thanks to this chip integrated into the hand, passengers are able to get a permanent ticket, so that the captain of the train read the chip by smart phone to make sure the passenger paid for his trip.
The company pointed out that it does not provide this chip to users, but passengers who want to use this service should already have this future technology.
“The idea was put forward by a technology company in Stockholm called Epicenter, where many employees have already been planted in thin slices,” said Stephen Ray, the company’s press officer.
While the system is currently only available in Sweden, the country’s travel system uses the same NFC communication technology as bank cards, indicating that it can be used in another field someday.
Smart chips are not new in Sweden, where the highly developed technology already employs an estimated 20,000 people to pay for food and register attendance at the workplace.