WPC launches new workgroup to drive Qi adoption in enterprises

Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has launched the Infrastructure Applications Group (IAG), a new WPC workgroup dedicated to driving adoption of Qi in hotels, restaurants, sporting venues, and other everyday locations.

The IAG’s charter members include ChargeSpot, ConvenientPower, Devant, HTC, IKEA, Leggett & Platt, Nokia, TDK, Texas Instruments, and Verizon Wireless.

qiThe Qi standard ensures seamless interoperability, regardless of manufacturer, brand or charging technique. That means you can charge whatever Qi device you use at any Qi charging location, in any Qi-compatible car, or with any Qi product.

Qi is already available in automobiles, and IAG is working to accelerate adoption of the Qi products, and services specific to other permanent locations like hotels, restaurants, transportation hubs, and sporting venues.

Recently, Audi unveiled its Phone Box center console featuring Qi.

Daimler has announced that Mercedes-Benz will be introducing Qi compatible charging for phones and tablets in its cars in 2014.

CE4A, a working group of automobile manufacturers made Qi the wireless charging choice for Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, and Porsche.

The growing Qi ecosystem of devices includes more than 60 mobile phones, tablets and accessories, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, and S3; LG Google Nexus 4; Google Nexus 7; Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1020; LG Optimus G Pro; and HTC Droid DNA.

WPC members include BlackBerry, ConvenientPower, Energizer, Foxconn, Haier, HTC, IKEA, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, PowerByProxi, Qualcomm, Royal Philips, Samsung, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless, ZTE and infrastructure providers such as wireless operators, furniture, and automotive parts companies.

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