Delivery trucks are harsh environments for mobile computers. They’re pulled in and out of their cradles and exposed to all sorts of elements, which causes problems with the connectors. When the connectors fail, the device can fail, and when that happens, the logistics company can fail. Many mobile computer devices are ruggedized, which results in a thicker device. This makes wireless charging difficult (particularly when using the Qi wireless charging standard), because it creates additional separation between the transmitter and receiver.
For this project, NuCurrent developed a custom solution that would address Honeywell’s requirement to deliver 10 Watts of power across 8-10mm of separation. The previous Qi standard was 5 Watts at 3-5mm, and could not deliver wireless power to the mobile computers.