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9 Myths About a Microchip Tracking Device for Humans

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Written by Shikha Mehta

Are you considering secretly spying on your partner using a microchip tracking device for humans? Well, it might interest you to know that to some extent you might be able to do it. However, if you think you can use the RFID human microchip to do it, you’re probably on the wrong track.

Microchips have been little devices that go in cell phones or other gadgets. Though lately, scientists have developed chips that can be implanted under the skin, let me tell you none of those can provide you real-time location of any dam person.

Then how can you possibly track a person? Let me clarify this to you.

Difference Between Microchip Tracking Device for Humans & Human GPS Chip

To explain the basic point of difference, a human microchip is one that can be implanted under the skin. On the other hand, a microchip for a human is one that is simply used for storing a human’s information. It doesn’t have to be implanted under his skin for that.

So, you want to check if your husband is cheating on you? A GPS tracking device for humans is available that you can insert on watches, shoes, wallets, clothes or other stuff he carries everywhere.

A human GPS chip would mean a microchip that can be implanted under a human’s skin and can give you his real-time location 24×7. I’m sorry if this disappoints you, but that kind of stuff doesn’t exist!

Myth No. 1: The Existence of Under the Skin GPS Tracker for Humans

Surely if you implant a microchip in your hand, you can open doors just by waving it. However, it’s a myth that your employer can track you with the help of that. There is NO GPS tracker that can be implanted under your skin.

There are GPS trackers that can be inserted on things you wear or carry. However, such devices need a rechargeable battery. Moreover, they aren’t as small as the RFID chip that stores credit card information or the key to your door. They’re a lot bigger to implant in your body.

However, it might interest you to know that a microchip is being designed that can track tumors inside your body. It will be implanted in the brain and your doctor will know if you have any infection or tumor in a particular segment of the body.

The bottom line is that:

  • As of now, there is no technology to implant a chip in your body to track you. It just won’t work.
  • There are tracking devices you can put in the pocket or insert on clothes or gadgets. Using a phone app, one person can track you.
  • A brain microchip is being designed that can track unwanted substances within your body, but not your real-time location or thoughts.

Myth No. 2: Privacy Concerns Due to Human Microchip Implant

Well, if you think implanting a microchip can get your credit card credentials to a hacker, you need to chill. These devices are made with regard to your safety and convenience. On the contrary, your card stays away from unwanted people, increasing safety.

Also, don’t think anybody out there is tracking your movements. You might be able to open doors of your office, but all your boss can possibly get is your attendance. Even though it may fascinate him to know what you browse on your machine the whole time, he can’t.

So, when it comes to privacy:

  • It remains intact even if you implant a microchip in your hand.
  • No one knows your real-time location unless you have a GPS device attached to your phone, wearables or wallet.

Myth No. 3: Anybody Can Track You with a GPS Tracking Chip

Now, I’ll get to how the GPS tracking microchip really works. If you’re carrying one, don’t think that the income tax department will know your real-time location.

A GPS device is connected to a cell phone. You need to install an app to track the device. So, if you’re putting a tracker in your kid’s school bag, only you can track him from your cell phone.

To make it clear:

  • To track a GPS device, it has to be connected to a smartphone.
  • You can track it as long as the battery is working.

Myth No. 4: You Can Constantly Monitor Movement of a Person Through a Microchip Tracking Device

This is one myth you possibly have in mind because of films and series that are based on crime. Often, we see that cops constantly see movement of the criminal or suspect on their screen.

Now, this may be possible when someone shares their real-time location from Google Maps or WhatsApp. However, a GPS device will not work that way. It shows real-time locations, but in certain intervals, say every 10 or 30 seconds. This too lasts as long as its power does.

Thus, to sum it up:

  • A real-time GPS tracker will show you the real-time location at regular intervals, not every second.
  • You cannot have a GPS microchip working forever, it needs to be charged after a point of time.

Myth No. 5: Only Defence & Some Other Big Companies Use GPS Trackers

If movies are the only place where you’ve seen cops use GPS tracking devices on criminals, then here’s another myth buster for you. Apart from the defence, there are other companies who can use these microchips too.

Any company is allowed to use a GPS microchips to track their fleets. This ensures safety of their drivers as well as the good inside.

In short:

  • Any company can use GPS tracking devices for a valid reason.
  • The purpose of using a GPS tracker is not always spying, but also ensuring safety and efficiency.

Myth No. 6: All GPS Tracking Devices are the Same

If you think all microchips with GPS implants look and function the same, you’re mistaken. These devices vary in size, shape and functionality. The most efficient device can give you real-time location every 10 seconds, while others take longer intervals.

There are 2 reasons why they’re designed this way. Firstly, these devices are battery powered. The longer the intervals are, the more battery it can save. Secondly, no one has the time to constantly look at the screen.

So, you can say that:

  • GPS trackers come in different shapes and sizes for different objects you would implant them on.
  • Different models of microchips will give real-time location at different intervals.

Myth No. 7: It is Expensive for Anyone Who Isn’t in the Defence

May be, the price at which you’ll buy one microchip is not less. However, it does not mean your company cannot afford to use it. The importance of a GPS tracker is not restricted to merely tracking criminals.

When you track your vehicles, you’ll know how to reduce your fuel costs and improve your logistics efficiency. This is done over a period of time as you start using your GPS trackers with your fleets.

Moreover, even insurance companies provide you discounts these days if you use GPS trackers for your vehicles.

Thus, the truth is that:

  • A GPS tracking device is totally worth the price you pay.
  • You can eventually learn cost-cutting with its usage.
  • The cost of your insurance premium goes down with its usage, thus keeping your budget intact.

Myth No. 8: I Might as Well Use a Cell Phone to Track My Fleet than a GPS Implanted Microchip

Well, just because your driver is aware, he’s being tracked, doesn’t mean using a cell phone will do. This is because there are plenty of drawbacks a cell phone will have over a microchip.

To start with, if the cell phone’s network goes off, or the driver turns off the location, you’ve lost your track. Secondly, a microchip will give you more information regarding the history of stops, current status of the engine and fuel as well as speeding patterns.

These are highly-functional GPS devices made for tracking fleets.

So, now we can say that:

  • Using a microchip tracking device should be the first preference over a cell phone.
  • The detailed information provided by microchips help to improve efficiency.

Myth No. 9: The Defence has Better Quality GPS Trackers Than Companies

Just because the purpose of using the GPS tracking devices varies for the two, doesn’t mean that their quality will differ. Yes, a microchip tracking device designed for humans will have a different functionality as compared to those used for vehicles.

While the defence operates on 2 signals, companies can operate only 1. However, the accuracy of tracking remains the same for both. In fact, soon a time will come when even companies can use two signals.

Thus, the myth buster here is that:

  • The accuracy of the tracking signal is the same.
  • Microchips used by defence and fleet companies differ in functionality but not quality. Both are designed to solve their respective purposes.

How is a GPS Chip Helpful to Humans Over Being Dangerous?

It depends on how you use a device that makes it a boon or a bane. Ethically, you should use a tracker chip for:

  • Ensuring your child’s safety when he or she is out of your sight or is suddenly lost.
  • Finding a criminal or ensuring the safety of your agent if you’re a cop.
  • Keeping track of your cell phones and expensive belongings to prevent theft.
  • Tracking your pets when you’re away.
  • Patients who have dementia, sleep-walking habits or similar problems and a tendency to go missing.

A normal adult won’t need a tracker. If you do use it on a grown-up even for safety, you’re supposed to take consent. He or she may have the right to file a complaint if you use such devices for tracking secretly.

It might fascinate you to check if your assistant is home on sick leave or is enjoying elsewhere. However, that’s not the way you can use a microchip tracking device for humans. They’re designed for your safety, not to hamper privacy.


About the author

Shikha Mehta

I discovered my talent in writing while I was in high school. Since then, I discovered the joy of sharing your knowledge with people around you. This is the reason why I love making my contributions to Insights of Technology. Being a certified content writer, I have been writing on several topics, science & technology being one of my favorites.

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