Tuesday 09 January 2018
ITI Network Services and wireless charging solution provider Chargifi today announce a new partnership to give people “power when and where they need it.”
The deal means Chargifi’s wireless charging technology, already installed at some of the world’s largest sporting venues, workspaces and hotels, will be available to ITI’s multi-national client portfolio, with complete implementation and management.
London-based Chargifi, named in the Top 50 Digital Innovators Power List, brings “free convenient power to people where and when they need it most,” according to CEO and founder, Dan Bladen. And the emerging wireless charging sector – created by consumer expectation – could be worth $37.2 billion globally by 2022, according to the 2017 Wireless Charging Market Report.
Chargifi’s patent-protected technology encompasses software that makes wireless charging transmitters “smart.” Venues can monitor usage and performance of their wireless charging spots, manage and improve the experience of their users, as well as dramatically accelerate their deployment.
“Wireless networks to access the internet are ubiquitous in businesses, venues, and public spaces,” according to Jason Denmark, ITI Network Services's Managing Director.
“Now the public are demanding more: consumer uptake of smartphones and other devices using wireless charging means venues and destinations are expected to offer wireless charging points. “Places that offer ‘power to the people’ will be at an advantage over those that don’t. So we’re thrilled to bring Chargifi’s seamless solution, with convenient hardware and truly unique performance and usage tracking software, to our valued client base.”
Chargifi already works with some of the world’s largest brands and was named in the “Top 50 Digital Innovators Power List” in 2017. ITI has implemented projects at locations including the 2012 Olympic stadium; the BT Tower; theme parks and entertainment attractions in the UK and Europe; MOD bases; and in shopping and city centres. The partnership enables ITI’s clients to benefit from access to Chargifi’s leading wireless charging solution.
Chargifi CEO and Founder Dan Bladen added, “Consumers are constantly looking for convenient, hassle-free, quick ways of using tech to enhance their everyday lives.
“We are delighted to partner with ITI to ensure their clients can meet those consumer expectations, early and effectively. Not only will ITI be able to offer customers wireless charging deployments at scale but also valuable insight on their customers’ behaviour – something that power blocks don’t do – meaning added value for those businesses.
“The future is wireless and the power cord is being cut: wireless charging in public places will become as widely adopted as Wi-Fi over the coming months and years.”
The partnership comes as ITI continues to grow after securing one of the biggest contracts in its 22-year history to design and install wireless infrastructure in a high-profile, mainland Europe location. Chargifi, co-founded by Dan Bladen and Charlie Cannell in 2013, operates in 13 international markets. Chargifi’s investors include Intel Capital, Techstars, R/GA Ventures and Brett Akker (founder of LOVESPACE).
“If you’ve ever felt a feeling of panic when your phone has nearly run out of battery then you’re not alone: 9 out of 10 people say they feel the same,” added Jason Denmark.