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Qi Wireless Charging Adoption Momentum Expands

Blog | 26th August 2014

Eindhoven – August 26, 2014 –Qi, the global wireless power standard, has entered mainstream consumer adoption and solidified its position as market leader. Recent proof of this momentum: companies such as Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Lexus, Texas Instruments and Verizon Wireless have deployed Qi wireless charging in its corporate locations or products.

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The Edge atrium

Qi wireless standard strengthens leading position

The Wireless Power Consortium accelerates Qi mass adoption

With new Qi inductive charging stations in airports, public venues, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and cars, the installed base of wireless power transfer stations increased to over 30 countries and more than a million locations.
“WPC’s 200-strong member companies are fueling exciting innovation of the Qi standard, Qi products and Qi-based business services, which is driving the accelerated adoption of wireless charging by consumers and businesses around the globe,” said John Perzow, vice president of
market development for the WPC. “Companies across a wide range of industries have integrated Qi into their daily operations. There are more than 65 models of Qi enabled phones and over 500 different products that use Qi. This deployed base and industry commitment to the Qi standard has allowed over 50 million users to experience the utility and convenience of wireless charging and related services.”

The Wireless Power Consortium is the driving force behind the global adoption of wireless power. Comprising more than 200 innovative companies around the world, WPC members have collaborated to create an evolving, backward-compatible standard. Since 2008, WPC’s growing ecosystem has worked to put more than 500 Qi consumer products into mass production. Millions of people around the world now enjoy the benefits of wireless charging like convenience, new business services and the confidence that comes from an always-powered up device.

Qi charging integration across the markets

There are a growing number of international companies across a range of markets that have already integrated Qi into their daily operations and key offerings:

Offices

* Facebook, Google, Texas Instruments, Verizon and other notable companies have
deployed Qi chargers in corporate meeting rooms.

* Described as the most sustainable office building in the world, The Edge, Deloitte’s state-of-the-art
building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has all of its office desks outfitted with
Qi wireless chargers from ZENS.

The Edge, designed by PLP Architecture for OVG Real Estate. HQ of Deloitte

Deloitte’s corporate headquarters in Amsterdam has been certified as the most sustainable office building in the world by BREEAM. The Edge was awarded an “Outstanding” rating with the highest ever BREEAM score of 98.36 percent.

Restaurants

* Nine additional Mconald’s restaurants in Hannover, Germany, recently installed Qi chargers.

* Toronto’s Kanga Café installed Qi wireless charging in its tables, so patrons can enjoy
Australian cuisine while charging without an outlet. Also in Toronto, coffee shops across
the city have adopted Qi, including: Balzacs, Coffee Bar Inc., Sense Appeal and Thor.
* Technologically-advanced Kitchen 67, based in Michigan, also distinguishes itself with
Qi.
* Haier has installed Qi charging devices in a Haidilao restaurant in Qingdao, and is
working on a Qi Coffee project in Beijing with 30 charging spots.

Hotels

* Kube Systems recently unveiled a universal charging system featuring Qi, the
PowerKube. Given the strength of this product line, it later announced a business
agreement with Marriott International, Inc., to deliver a premium charging solution that
meets the technology needs of guests for its Marriott Hotels brand.

Airports

* Verizon has deployed 800 Qi-enabled charging spots at major airports around the U.S.
* Haier has installed Qi charging locations in the Capital International Airport in Beijing,
China.
* In Japan, DoCoMo has planted countless Qi chargers in airports and train stations
throughout the country.

Public Venues

* Qi has been installed throughout the Clerkenwell design district in London; at France’s
Roland Garros stadium (home to the French Open); and is currently being installed in
major stadiums and venues in the U.S.

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