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COMPILED BY MAT THEW PARSONS


IN FOCUS


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THE SPECIALIST Steven Northam founder, Bioteq


BIO-IMPLANTS ARE, quite possibly, the travel tickets of the future. After all, they already use the same technology as passports. In theory, business travellers could cross borders and board planes just by swiping their hand. Human implants, meanwhile, are already a reality and the use of bio-implants for travel is already becoming commonplace in Sweden, where people use them for train travel. As for their use in airports, I believe they


will be adopted to create more seamless travel. For travellers caught in emergen- cies, human microchip implants currently don’t have the capability for GPS tracking, but this technology could be developed in the future.


Any fears of Big Brother are unwarranted – our movements are already being tracked by mobile phones and social media. The question now should be “where do I start?” and I’d say, contact us if you want to put the technology to the test.


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THE SUPPLIER Jowan Osterlund founder and chief executive, Biohax International


SIGHT


WAKING UP IN YOUR HOTEL and, by hand, au- thorising the magic mirror to start the day is by no means a fantasy. By hand, I mean verifying your identity with an embedded chip containing your personal credentials. A swipe can activate some upbeat music, and gives the chauffeur company a heads- up that you’ll be ready in 30 minutes. At airports, business travellers with a bio-implant will fast-track their way through security and boarding with a wave. The wave gesture will be used passing through doors, checking out from a hotel or logging in at work. Our company’s aim is to completely reduce friction. The future needs to become seamless, to make up for lost time and resources. Shift- ing the power of identity from paper and cards, while also putting the user in control of the data, is the most effective and robust way forward.


buyingbusinesstravel.com


On Sweden’s railways,


travellers can use bio-implants – microchips the


size of a grain of rice embedded into their hands – as train tickets. Is this the


beginning of the cyborg business traveller?


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THE BUYER Sarah Marshall travel & security manager, DAI


FIFTY YEARS AGO it was considered the stuff of sci-fi movies that two-thirds of the world population would have a mobile phone so, in theory, bio-implants are not something we should rule out. We know business travel can be stress- ful, particularly to high-risk locations, and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of travellers is an essential part of avoiding stress. Technology is now a basic provision when it comes to travelling safely, from a roaming-enabled mobile phone to a track- ing system linked to a TMC. I’d like to see bio-implants assist companies in fulfilling their duty-of-care obligations to travellers. However, before we become too smitten with the idea, consider this: can a bio-im- plant select a safe hotel? Can it arrange an airport pick-up? Can it provide first aid? It’s also inevitable that as soon as the technology is perfected, criminals will find a way to bypass security. I’m not ready to give up on human interaction… yet.


THE ANALYST Dennis Vilović Founder, TroopTravel


ARE BIO-IMPLANTS A GOOD idea for business travellers? Think about contactless payment, automatically applying your travel status whenever applicable – no passport, boarding or check-in cues. Sounds like heaven for the frequent traveller. But would you be willing to implant a piece of technology into your body to benefit from improved travel services? At a glance, it sounds a little crazy. Now let’s think about a different scenario.


Would you implant a piece of technology that would be able to monitor your health and proactively advise and alert? Maybe a chip that could reduce the probability of you getting sick by 99 per cent? I guess this would be an easy sell. Whether ease of business travel will be the driving force, I don’t know. But why shouldn’t your bio-implant, which helps you to live better and longer, be able to manage all those additional travel services?


2019 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 7


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