/// PowerMat Acquires Finland’s PowerKiss, Stirs Up Wireless Power Standard War

May 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital


In the unfolding standards battle around wireless power technology, two players will today combine into one. PowerMat, the company that last year allied with Procter and Gamble’s Duracell brand and which is the main technology behind the PowerMatters Alliance , will today announce that it has acquired PowerKiss , a Finnish company. The move brings PowerKiss fully into the PowerMatters camp, whereas it had previously been allied with Qi (pronounced chee ), the wireless power standard embraced by Nokia and LG. I talked yesterday with Ran Poliakine, CEO of PowerMat. He said the deal will go a long way toward expanding the PowerMat footprint. The key he says, is to get PowerMat technology available in public places like coffee shops, restaurants and airport. The company has recently been doing a trial with Starbucks in the Boston area. PowerKiss has a relationship with McDonald’s restaurants in Europe. The point being that when you take a break for coffee or lunch, you can also set your phone down on the table you happen to be sitting at and charge your phone. Before this PowerMat has cut deals with Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclay Center as well as General Motors. It also got its technology built into fixtures at the Jay-Z owned 40/40 nightclub. In all PowerMat has about 1,500 locations in the US enabled with its technology. Powerkiss brings with it 1,000 more in Europe

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