The timing couldn’t be more eerily uncanny for the folks at surgical RFID chip manufacturer VeriChip, and ID security provider Applied Digital, whose CEO Scott R. Silverman is now scheduled to discuss RFID immigration applications on CNBC’s “Sqawk Box” (the interview was supposed to happen this morning but got pushed back at the last minute).
The interview, in which Mr. Silverman will reportedly discuss the role that VeriChip’s technology can play in the proposed Immigration legislation and Guest/Temporary Worker Program, is already causing quite a stir among Katherine Albrecht fans (aka, RFID skeptics and privacy advocates) as well as human-rights houses.
When it airs this Monday, it will ride the coattails two major news headlines – on the national level, President Bush’s plan to erect a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, and, on the local level, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s not-so-enthusiastic draft report on RFID tracking.
Due to Technical Difficulties, Executive now Scheduled to Discuss Potential Role of VeriChip in Immigration Applications on Monday Morning, May 22nd
Applied Digital (NASDAQ:ADSX), a leading provider of identification and security technology, announced today that the interview with Scott R. Silverman, its Chairman and CEO, which was scheduled to appear on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, was postponed due to technical difficulties with the satellite feed. The interview will now be held on Monday morning, May 22, 2006, at approximately 6:40 a.m. during the Squawk Box show. In the interview, Mr. Silverman is scheduled to discuss the role that VeriChip’s technology can play in the proposed Immigration legislation and Guest/ Temporary Worker Program.
The show airs on the national cable channel from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. eastern time.
About VeriChip Corporation
VeriChip Corporation, headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, develops, markets and sells radio frequency identification, or RFID, systems used to identify, locate and protect people and assets. VeriChip’s goal is to become the leading provider of RFID systems for people in the healthcare industry. VeriChip sells passive RFID systems for identification purposes and active RFID systems for local-area location and identification purposes. VeriChip recently began to market its VeriMed(TM) Patient Identification System which is used to rapidly and accurately identify people who arrive in an emergency room and are unable to communicate. This system uses the first human-implantable passive RFID microchip, the implantable VeriChip(TM), cleared for medical use in October 2004 by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
About Applied Digital – “The Power of Identification Technology”
Applied Digital develops innovative identification and security products for consumer, commercial, and government sectors worldwide. The Company’s unique and often proprietary products provide identification and security systems for people, animals, the food supply, government/military arena, and commercial assets. Included in this diversified product line are RFID applications, end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications, and telecomm and security infrastructure, positioning Applied Digital as the leader in identification technology. Applied Digital is the owner of a majority position in Digital Angel Corporation (AMEX:DOC).