AirFuel Alliance Supports China’s Smart Cities Initiative with New Resonant Wireless Charging Ecosystem in Shenzhen

AirFuel members Qualcomm, Boeone, Chargifi, MGE Group, NewVastek, and ON Semiconductor working together to deploy resonant-based products and infrastructure; drive broader adoption of AirFuel standards

AirFuel™ Alliance, the leading authority on wireless power and standards, announces the launch of its first resonant-based smart city ecosystem in Shenzhen City, China. The AirFuel resonant ecosystem will provide wireless charging service in a variety of public venues including the airport, subway stations, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls, making it easy for Chinese consumers and businesses to enjoy a world without wires. This new milestone helps underscore AirFuel’s continued growth and leadership in resonant technology, which will be celebrated today at a special event in Shenzhen City, hosted by its members and ecosystem leaders Qualcomm, Chargifi, Boeone, MGE Group, NewVastek and ON Semiconductor.

The ecosystem will begin with deployments of resonant-based charging stations in office buildings and hotels and expand from there, helping to support Shenzhen’s vision of a more connected city, capable of integrating information, communication and IoT technology wirelessly. AirFuel resonant technology is ideal for smart city environments as it allows for multiple devices to be charged at the same time, across a wider surface area – no need for consumers to perfectly align their devices with a charging pad as the increased spatial freedom lets people move and use their devices while they charge. Resonant also eliminates the headache of infrastructure installation – instead of drilling or cutting holes in surfaces (from wood to stone to concrete), transmitters can be mounted underneath, saving time and money.

“The Shenzhen resonant-powered smart city initiative highlights our member’s leadership in public infrastructure development – a critical factor in increasing wireless charging adoption worldwide,” said Ron Resnick, AirFuel Alliance president and chairman. “In a relatively short time period, AirFuel has enabled more than 4,000 resonant-based public charging spots throughout the world and we’re excited to be expanding to Shenzhen City, China. Key players in the wireless charging ecosystem are seeing the inherent benefits of this next-gen technology for public infrastructure, enterprise and home, and are creating and commercializing resonant-based products and solutions needed to power the industry.”

Shenzhen Wireless Charging Seminar

As part of the kick off of the new resonant wireless charging initiative in Shenzhen, AirFuel members are holding a half-day seminar aimed at increasing awareness of the build out and how it will benefit consumers and businesses. Qualcomm, MGE Group, NewVastek, Boeone, ON Semiconductor and Chargifi created the “Shenzhen City/Dongguan City Qualcomm Wireless Charging Technology Seminar” which runs from 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm today at the InterContinental Hotel in Shenzhen City and includes live demos. Speakers include AirFuel exec Jim Perrott and leaders from Chargifi, Qualcomm, and ON Semiconductor, and attendees will include members of the Shenzhen business and government communities.

More APAC Market Development

To support AirFuel’s work with Shenzhen City and throughout Asia, the organization is expanding its team with the addition of Joon Park as its new director of market development. Joon will join Jim Perrott, AirFuel’s head of global market development, in increasing adoption of AirFuel’s industry-leading technologies and broadening relationships with key companies in the consumer electronics, technology and public and private infrastructure spaces.

Joon brings more than 25 years of engineering, operations and business management experience to AirFuel along with a deep understanding of the wireless power market and the unique challenges and needs of the Asian market. He comes to AirFuel from IDT, where he was in charge of worldwide wireless charging business development, working closely with device manufacturers to achieve over $100 million in sales. His technical background in power management combined with his proven success at product development will make him not only a great advocate for AirFuel, but a great resource for current and potential members.

About AirFuel Alliance

AirFuel Alliance is an association dedicated to building a global wireless charging ecosystem based on best in industry inductive, resonant and future wireless charging technology. AirFuel Alliance’s mission is to bring a diverse base of interoperable products to the global market that deliver the best wireless charging experience for consumers. Further, the Alliance continues to address future, non-magnetic technologies including RF, ultrasound and lasers that deliver power at a distance.

The organization membership is made up of leading technology and consumer electronics companies, including board of directors companies Dell, Duracell, Energous, Gill Electronics, ON Semiconductor, Powermat Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., Samsung Electronics, Semtech, Starbucks and WiTricity.

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