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Russian man gets personal with biometrics

A Russian engineer has made biometrics personal by implanting a contactless transit chip in his hand.


Biometrics get personal

The engineer took the chip from his public transit Troika card, wrapped it in silicon and implanted it under the skin on the back of his hand. He then sewed up the wound using plastic thread.

Although the man says the implant is successful, some scanners are struggling to detect the signal from the chip. But the engineer intends to repeat the procedure on his other hand to implant the chip from his plastic credit card for use at contactless terminals when shopping.

In 2014, a Dutch crypto-currency fan implanted two NFC tags under the skin in his hands to store his digital cash.

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