Wireless mobile charging coming to European airports
Wednesday 09 February 2011
A new service which allows travelers to charge their mobile phones without using wires is to be introduced at airports across Europe.
The scheme, which is powered by Finnish firm PowerKiss, requires users to insert a small "iRing" into their handset where the power cord would normally go, which is then capable of wirelessly charging the handset when it is placed on a suitable surface.
The rings will be provided free to customers of participating outlets operated by SSP Limited, which runs restaurants and cafes such as Starbucks, Burger King and Pizza Hut in airports and rail stations.
Some tables within those outlets will then be designated as charging tables, meaning that a mobile handset with an "iRing" inserted will automatically begin to charged when it is put down.
The scheme, which has been trialled at Helsinki Airport, will be available at over 30 airports including Dusseldorf International, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Manchester, Paris - Charles De Gaulle, Stockholm-Arlanda, Malaga, Geneva International and Zurich airports.
"Making sure passengers' experience at the airport is as pleasant and stress-free as possible is our key aim," says Rick Stavast of SSP.
"Charging a mobile phone while traveling has always been problematic, but now it's a hassle our customers no longer have to worry about."
Find out more about the scheme at http://www.powerkiss.com
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