Human Subdermal Identification: Implanting Employees With RFID Chips in the Enterprise Workplace - An Assessment of Technology, Considerations and Feasibility - Product Image

Human Subdermal Identification: Implanting Employees With RFID Chips in the Enterprise Workplace - An Assessment of Technology, Considerations and Feasibility

  • ID: 4520747
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 67 Pages
  • D6 Research
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Technology and Infrastructure Have Made Significant Advancements, Making it Much More Possible

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For a couple of decades, individuals have experimented with implanting RF (Radio Frequency) chips in humans. This was done mostly out of curiosity, challenging themselves in achieving what they consider the ultimate convenience in having access to resources already granted to them. The most commonly targeted function was reprogramming a chip to match their building/door access card to provide access by swiping their hand (instead of the card).

Until recently, consideration has been limited to hobbyists. As individuals experimented and pursued more information to increase success rates, they formed unstructured communities (user groups, online forums, even “chipping parties”, etc.) to share experiences with others who have similar objectives. This area has become known as “biohacking,” which is loosely defined to include a broad range of possibilities in how humans may alter or complement their bodies to increase capability beyond their inherent physiological design.

The success of biohackers has been limited to areas where the target application is relatively simple and lacks security controls designed to prevent this from occurring. Enterprises (as well as payment issuers and transit) are much more structured and disciplined about implementing a spectrum of controls that makes such modifications more challenging. As a result, biohackers have lacked success in more structured environments - such as enterprises, transit and payment communities. However, biohackers continue to enjoy a fairly novel pastime where participation continues to expand.

Driven mostly by virtues of novelty, curiosity, and the ongoing quest for improved user convenience, there is increased interest beyond the traditional small community that has been implanting itself. These factors, along with the need to improve success is giving way to vendors attempting to productize implantable chip solutions for both biohacking individuals and commercial enterprises.

Commercializing RFID implantable chips isn’t new. There has been a narrow set of attempts to do so going back over a decade. There are several reasons why they failed, but technology was a significant factor. As implantable chips need to be subdermal, their communication requires using a contactless interface with respective (external) applications. Unfortunately, there weren’t many contactless applications, standards, or hardware to support it. As a result, solutions were very limited in capability and value. Along with other barriers, productized solutions failed to make a mass general release offering.

However, since that time, technology and infrastructure have made significant advancements, making it much more possible. In particular, nearly all technologies that people use every day - from payments to cryptocurrency, to audio and video, and even authentication using asymmetric keys in a variety of modes - have shown progress. As contactless technology becomes pervasive in people’s lives, not only does the value emerge but also the expectation that the hardware itself falls into the background.

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1. Disclosures

2. Executive Summary
2.1 Intent
2.2 Summary of Conclusions

3. Research Process & Scope
3.1 Research Scope
3.2 Assessment Methodology

4. Background
4.1 Overview
4.2 Implantation Process
Performing the Implant
Who Performs the Implant
Healing Process and Impact
Prerequisites
4.3 Use cases: Possibilities and Relative Level of Difficulty to Execute

5. Barriers for Adoption
5.1 User Perception and Acceptance
5.2 Analysis of User Perception Findings
Knowledge of RFID
Medical Concerns
Privacy Concerns
Sponsorship, Administration, Ownership
Personal Use Incentive
Mandatory vs. Voluntary
5.3 Realities of Concerns (Counterpoints)
5.4 Organizational Barriers (Non-Technical)
Implant Specialists
Medical Device Regulations and Compliance
Issuance Logistics
Regulatory Compliance
Governance
Legal Risk

6. Context: Enterprise Requirements
6.1 From Hobbyist to Enterprise: Why it Matters
6.2 Physical security vs. Information Security Practices
6.3 Core Concepts: Principles, Goals and Related Objectives
Core Principles
Goals (what to achieve)
Objectives (how to achieve)
6.4 Core Concepts: Secure Chip-based Identity Credentials
Chip Variance
Operating Systems and Applications
Interfaces, protocols, and commands
Chip Security and Key Management
Digital Credentials
credential transaction, security & Integrity
Chip Programming
Life Cycle Management
Operations, Maintenance, and Support
Key Take-aways

7. Current-State Market Assessment
7.1 Vendor Philosophies
Two Perspectives: Identity Ownership and Custodial Responsibilities
7.2 Vendor Landscape Overview
Vendor Comparison Snapshot
7.3 Three Square Market
Viewpoint and Market Focus
Product Design
Solution Assessment
Market Approach
7.4 Fidesmo
Viewpoint & Market Focus
Product Design
Solution Assessment
Market Aproach
7.5 Vivo Key
Viewpoint, Intent and Market Focus
Product Design
Solution Assessment
Market Aproach
7.6 Vendor Capability Comparison

8. Enterprise Feasibility and Gap Assessment
8.1 Summary
8.2 Physical Security
Primary Gaps
8.3 Information Security
8.4 Human Resources Considerations
8.5 Legal Considerations
8.6 Regulatory Compliance Considerations

9. Technology Gaps and Future Evolution
9.1 Chip Variety
9.2 Improved Alignment
9.3 Visual ID
9.4 Standards and Specifications Support
9.5 Additional High-security Credential Options
9.6 Payments
9.7 Mobile

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