Wireless Power Consortium to Push Device Charging into Public Venues
Published on: 1st Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has launched an Infrastructure Applications Group (IAG) a new group dedicated to driving adoption of wireless charging locations for mobile devices in public venues.
The Qi standard ensures interoperability, regardless of manufacturer, brand or charging technique. Qi is backed by more than 200 leading companies of the WPC, and continues to grow as the global leader in wireless charging.
"Establishments clearly want to offer their customers future-proof wireless charging compatible with existing and future devices and we're listening," said John Perzow, Vice President of Market Development at WPC.
Qi is already available in an expanding list of automobiles, and the IAG is working to accelerate adoption of the Qi products, and services specific to other permanent locations.
Recently, Audi unveiled its updated Phone Box center console featuring Qi. Daimler has also announced that Mercedes-Benz will be introducing Qi compatible charging for phones and tablets in its cars in 2014. CE4A, a working group of leading automobile manufacturers made Qi the wireless charging choice for Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, and Porsche.
The growing Qi ecosystem of devices now includes more than 60 mobile phones, tablets and accessories.