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Nov 7, 2018
Aircharge latest technologies on display.
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) hosted today a press only event in London to share the latest development of Qi - the universal standard for wireless charging.
In front of a selected audience of journalists and industry analysts gathered at the Mondrian Hotel in Central London, Menno Treffers, Chairman of the WPC, Hans Kablau, Chair of the Kitchen Application Group, and Stefano Piccioli, Chair of the European Promotional Group and Head of Marketing at Aircharge, presented how wireless charging applications for the home, office, public venues and transport are changing the traditional way we're experiencing corded power. Robert Wilkin, Business Development Director at Baker Bellfield also joined the presenters to introduce the partnership between Aircharge and his company to create the world's first fully rail compliant wireless charging system, which will debut on trains early in 2019.
Aircharge supported the event showcasing its IoT connected solutions for public venues like restaurants and offices and the latest innovations in the transport sectors, including solutions for buses and trains.
630+ MEMBERS, 130+ SMARTPHONES, 120+ CARS
The WPC have seen a rapid increase in numbers during the last year with the members growing from about 200 to over 630 members at the end of October and over 300 million commercially proven products now in use in the market. The Qi registry now lists over 3,000 products carrying the official Qi certifications, including over 130 smartphone models such as the latest Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPhone, Sony Xperia, LG and Huawei models and over 120 car models from leading automotive manufacturers.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE Qi CERTIFICATION
Qi now represents an established, universal wireless charging standard available to developers and consumers. The WPC’s certification program, supported by independent labs, consists of rigorous tests to ensure interoperability (backwards compatibility), reliability and safety for products built with the Qi standard.
Uncertified products pose severe risks of overheating, incompatibility and damage to the device, user or environment where the product is used.
You can find a list of all Qi certified products here.
POWERING CONSUMER'S JOURNEYS
THE NEXT FRONTIER: POWER IN THE KITCHEN
The Kitchen Work Group develops specifications of an interface between cordless kitchen appliances and inductive power sources for powering these appliances, with the vision of utilising wireless power in the kitchen in the very near future. Demo applications from leading manufacturers are already available and were on showcase at the event.