Wireless charging expert says that in a few years wireless power will be as ubiquitous as WiFi
Wireless power specialist Chargif has secured an additional £5m of funding from backers including Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV), firstminute capital and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).
The investment will enable Chargif to accelerate sales and marketing and international growth across US and Asian markets and builds on recent partnerships with MSPs, including ITI Network Services and DTP Group.
Following its investment in the company, HPE will be taking Chargif’s wireless power to enterprise customers worldwide as part of its connectivity solutions portfolio.
Chargif has built and patented an Internet of Things (IoT) cloud management platform that enables global brands, such as Grand Hyatt and Pret a Manger, to deploy (and make money from) wireless charging as a customer service.
In addition to wireless charging of smartphones, Chargif’s IP extends to the powering of electric vehicles and drones.
To meet growing demand from businesses for enterprise-grade wireless power, the company has established a number of strategic partnerships with managed service providers and systems integrators globally, most recently with Losant, an IoT platform that brings together a variety of options to address client technology needs.
Dan Bladen, Co-founder and CEO of Chargif, said: “At Chargif we believe that the world is going electric and electric is going wireless – this is a monumental shift. As a society, we have never been more reliant upon power for our phones and vehicles than we are today. This year you will be able to charge your new car wirelessly, by pulling it up over a wireless charging area. In the future, drones will land on buildings and charge wirelessly before taking off again.”
He added: “Chargif is doing for power what WiFi did for connectivity: cutting the final cord and helping people get power when and where they need it. From phones to drones, Chargif is building the foundational software platform that will enable this global evolution. In just a few short years from now Wireless Power will be as ubiquitous as WiFi.”
Global Marketing Insights expects the wireless charging market to be worth $25 billion by 2023.