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Ossia gets approval for wireless charging at a distance

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By Nick Flaherty

The company, based in Washtington state, delivers power over-the-air, at a distance, and without the need for line-of-sight. The FCC approved the Cota wireless charging power delivery and data communications under Parts 18 and 15, respectively, of the agency’s rules and certified the system to be marketed and sold in the U.S.

“This certification is a concrete step towards achieving our vision of powering the future through Cota Real Wireless Power,” says Mario Obeidat, CEO, Ossia. “Not only does it validate the safety and effectiveness of delivering wireless power at a distance, it paves the way for the enablement of billions of devices and sensors that otherwise are limited by the use of wires or batteries. Importantly, this certification is the first for real-world environments where people can be present in the charging area of a power at a distance system.”

The certification, says the company, demonstrates that Cota technology delivers meaningful power to devices at a distance while meeting all of the FCC’s stringent Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) requirements for safety. The ability to transfer power in a manner that inherently avoids objects and humans means the Cota system is the first of its kind to meet FCC exposure standards in a dynamic environment says the company.

The certification also demonstrates that Cota meets the standards set by multiple international regulatory bodies. The company says it is actively seeking international certification across numerous countries and regions in the near term.

The initial certification covers a Cota transmitter operating at 2.4 GHz for wireless charging in commercial, industrial, and business environments, at a distance of up to one meter. It is the first certified system that does not require a motion detector or an exclusion zone, and has the highest level of radio frequency (RF) power delivered for a certified system, says the company.

The company says it plans to continue working closely with the FCC on seeking certification for additional applications.

“Much like how Wi-Fi is ubiquitous today,” said Obeidat, “we envision that Cota wireless power will positively impact billions of lives around the world as a critical enabler of existing and emerging technologies, including 5G and the Internet of Things. We are committed to continuing our collaboration with the FCC and the Office of Engineering and Technology to bring the full range of wireless power at a distance to the broader market to enable our 5G economy.”

Ossia

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