It’s 5.30PM. Twenty nine year old Amanda has just left work and has two hours to kill before she meets her friends at a new hotel for dinner. She doesn’t need to go home, that’d be a journey in the opposite direction, but her phone’s about to die and she needs it to negotiate the 45 minute journey to her destination. She’s unfamiliar with that part of town and will need to rely on Google Maps to get her there.
We have just returned from one of the biggest events in the hospitality calendar, HITEC Amsterdam 2018. It was a great show and smart technology was the hot topic of the conference. We were delighted to have met with a whole host of multinational hotel chains with our partners FourteenIP and HPE Aruba to discuss the most effective way to manage wireless power and monitor guest behaviour via wireless power. Our biggest takeaway was that smart wireless power is in high demand, bringing value for both brands and guests in connection with analytics. In terms of scaling, it’s no longer ‘if’ wireless power is deployed, but ‘when’ and ‘how’.
Whether travelling by train, plane or automobile - the potential for wireless power to improve the passenger experience is enormous. Mobile devices are at the centre of our world and people now expect to access their mobile services everywhere and anywhere - we’re entering a new era of wireless power which offers a number of opportunities for both those traveling and the wider travel sector.
We’re just days away from the world’s biggest mobile event. Mobile World Congress will be taking over Barcelona from 26th February to 1st March. The reality of a wireless world is set to be prevalent at Mobile World Congress. Following wireless charging integration into Apple phones last year, the wireless charging market is set to rocket to be worth 14bn dollars by 2024.