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Feb 16, 2017
Aircharge hosts event in the most-wirelessly charged city in the world where Londoners are already taking full advantage of Qi wireless charging at coffee shops, top UK restaurant chains, travel lounges, wireless retail stores and other high-traffic venues.
16th of February 2017, LONDON – Aircharge, global leader in wireless charging solutions for public venues, office and home, today opens the doors to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Conference and Exhibition in London.
The event brings together area innovators and top brands to discuss and learn about the latest innovations, products, components, services and market insights in the high growth wireless power industry.
The WPC is a not-for-profit organization comprising 213 technology companies -- Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, IKEA, Philips, Bosch and many others -- developing and promoting Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is the global, de facto standard for wireless charging of smartphones and other consumer electronic devices. Today, there are more than certified and tested 80 models of smartphones, 60 models of cars, 4,000 public locations and 900+ wireless charging accessories (for iPhone and Android) now available.
Event showcasing latest commercial products and advanced technology demonstrations
The Aircharge-hosted event will give local innovators the opportunity to learn about the mass market adoption of Qi wireless charging and experience firsthand how Qi is powering the consumer journey at home, in the car, at the office and while on the go – at restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and travel lounges.
The exhibition will include home furniture solutions from IKEA, in-car demo solutions from manufacturer Leggett & Platt, office solutions from UK specialist designer Sixteen3 and restaurant installation examples from McDonald’s, all with integrated Qi wireless charging. Bosch, NXP and Rohm Semiconductor will demonstrate their latest wireless charging innovations aimed at charging higher power devices like power tools and notebooks wirelessly.
London – the world’s most wirelessly-powered city
Since its foundation in 2013, Aircharge’s vision has been to enable users to charge their mobile devices wirelessly throughout the course of the day without the need for carrying a wire and by partnering with key brands across different sectors to provide wireless charging solutions in restaurants, cafés, shops, hotels, airports and train stations, in the UK and around the globe.
Offering a safe and convenient method of bringing wireless power to a surface or table-top, Aircharge enables consumers at restaurants, bars and cafés to top-up their mobile devices wirelessly whilst enjoying a meal or refreshment. Aircharge has deployed Qi wireless charging at leading brands such as McDonald’s, Costa Coffee, Caffè Nero and YO! Sushi among others. Aircharge has worked with McDonald’s to include wireless charging at more than 300 stores in the UK and has ongoing trials across 14 regions.
In addition, Aircharge provides wireless charging at Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses in Heathrow and Gatwick airport, Emirates Lounges in Dubai International and Finnair Lounges in Helsinki-Vantaa. Eurostar offers Aircharge wireless charging to their customers visiting their Business Premier Lounges in London St. Pancras International and Paris Gare du Nord. Virgin Trains has deployed in 10 of their First Class lounges along the East and West coast route in the UK. Hotels offering Aircharge include renowned brands like Premier Inn, IBIS and Novotel, just to name a few.
Aircharge is also available in major mobile network carriers, including Vodafone, O2 and EE, as a complimentary service for customers visiting their retail stores.
All publicly available Aircharge wireless charging facilities can be found using the Aircharge Qi wireless charging locator App, which navigates users to the nearest of over 4,000 wireless charging locations globally. As support for Qi wireless charging from major mobile phone and tech manufacturers continue to accelerate and drive widespread consumer awareness and adoption, the Aircharge ecosystem is expected to only grow further.