Q: What is “the chip”? A: VeriChip is an inert, encapsulated microchip that is energized and transmits its information when activated by a VeriChip reader. Because VeriChip is so small (about the size of a pen point) it is virtually undetectable and practically indestructible once inserted under your skin. The chip has a special polyethylene sheath that helps skin bond to it – so it stays in place. Since the chip has no battery, there are no chemicals to worry about and the chip never “runs down”; its expected life is up to 20 years. Q: Where and how is the chip inserted? A: The chip is inserted just under the skin in the fleshy part (underneath portion) of your upper arm. The special VeriChip inserter and chip are preassembled and sterilized for your safety. The inserter is thrown away afterward. There is very little discomfort – less than “getting a shot”. Q: Is there a fee for the GVS (Global VeriChip Subscriber) Registry service? A: The GVS Registry subscription fee is $9.95 per month, billed automatically to subscriber’s credit card. Q: How about other uses of VeriChip? Isn’t it used for security screening? A: We are promoting VeriChip as a universal means of identification. We expect it to be used in a variety of applications including financial and transportation security, residential and commercial building access, military and government security. </b>Q: Can I change my information later?</b> A: It is vital that you keep your information up to date. We provide a very convenient means to do this for all registered, active users on our website. Or you may call our support center to request changes.
A chip card is a plastic card with an embedded computer chip, containing a microcomputer, enabling the card to make independent decisions, hold and update data securely, and approve or decline transactions.
Chip cards, or “smart” cards, have been widely used in Canada for a number of years, such as Bell’s QuickChange(TM) Payphone Pass. VISA chip cards first appeared in 1992 in France.
Today, approximately 60 million VISA EMV chip cards are in use around the world, and more are being issued every month. The countries where transition is complete or well underway include the UK, France, Japan and Russia.