V3 Enterprise Mobility Summit: The way we work is changing, and we are seeing three main factors - flexible working, hot desking and mobile productivity devices - meaning it's essential that technology vendors react appropriately to support the change.
And while working becomes increasingly mobile as more powerful devices become lighter, thinner and embraced by IT departments in the form of BYOD, it doesn't necessarily make things instantly more productive.
Recent advances in technology have changed how we carry out our jobs and transformed the workplace as it adapts to the needs of a more dynamic workforce that's becoming increasingly mobile.
Flexible working and hot desking are now commonplace in offices as businesses have adopted the new working practices. But while better mobility gives employees more freedom about where to work, the reality is that a traditional office doesn't make best use of newer technologies, and employees can become less productive as they tackle a tedious desk set-up process every day.
Intel has been looking at tackling this for some time, talking up the idea of a cable-free office, and it finally got the ball rolling with the 5th-generation Core VPro processor family, a technology that will mean no more contending with pesky wires.
Intel's VPro processor boasts new wireless innovations, as well as built-in security and faster performance, and will change the workplace as we know it, according to Intel.
The module will allow workers and companies to improve productivity, and could save them money too, the firm said.
The chipmaker is determined to get this technology up and running as soon as possible because there is an obvious demand from workers.
Many employees are still locked into a wired environment that doesn't make the best use of mobile technologies, restricted to spaces near charging points and Ethernet ports and cluttered with wired peripherals.
Intel is attempting to tackle this problem with its 5th-gen VPro processor family as it delivers freedom from wires via technology such as the firm's Pro Wireless Display and Wireless Docking capabilities.
The updates are touted as "meeting the needs of a more mobile and dynamic workforce" in three main ways: PC design innovation in the form of thinner and lighter products from OEMs; wireless displays in the form of ProWiDi; and wireless docking based on Intel Wireless Gigabit.
Businesses can therefore choose from a range of new PC designs across 2-in-1s, ultrabooks, ultra-thin clamshells and mini PCs that offer up to twice the battery life and more than twice the performance in form factors that are up to three times thinner and thus easier to transport.
The company promises that this technology is completely secure and manageable, as well as wire-free thanks to Wireless Gigabit which allows systems to automatically dock to monitors, keyboards, mice and USB accessories.
Intel hasn't announced any official plans for roll out of the technology just yet, but it's worth mentioning that the firm also intends to bring wireless charging not only to office environments, but to consumer and retail markets too.
The firm is keen to point out that, while wireless charging is a separate focus from its VPro strategy at the moment, and something it is still trying to work out, it is still a facet of its "no wires future" approach.
We first saw Intel's wireless charging when it was demonstrated at Computex in Taipei last year. The technology has been developed in collaboration with the Alliance for Wireless Power, which has been working to bring wireless charging as standard in laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Intel demonstrated how the technology would work if it is built into tables in coffee shops for instance, by showing an ultrabook reference design and how it automatically powered up and began charging as soon as it reached the surface of the table owing to the magnetic charge field.
Back then, Intel PC Client Group general manager Kirk Skaugen said at a press conference that the firm is looking to launch the standard in mobile devices in its next-generation Core processor after Broadwell.
We now know from the Intel Developer Forum in September that this will be Skylake, which is set to be in PCs and tablets by the second half of 2015, and launched officially by the end of the year.
Processors based on the Skylake architecture will have a new chip architecture design despite being fabbed on the same 14nm process as Broadwell, making Skylake a 'tock' iteration in Intel's 'tick-tock' chip architecture cadence.
The second generation of chips based on the Skylake architecture could be made on a 10nm process, although Skaugen said that if this happens it will be further in the future, so it could be that wireless charging doesn't reach us until then.
Nevertheless, if the standard is built into devices with Intel's Broadwell successor Core chip, and Intel follows its usual Core chip release pattern of a generation every year, we could well see the integration of wireless charging by 2015.
For example, Intel's second-generation Sandy Bridge was announced in 2011, third-generation Ivy Bridge in 2012, fourth-generation Haswell in 2013 and fifth-generation Broadwell in 2014.
So assuming that the sixth-generation Core family is announced this summer, it should arrive by the end of 2015, following Intel's usual time-to-market pattern.
However, Intel isn't the only one having a stab at enabling this technology. At the start of the year, McDonald's announced plans to roll out free wireless charging spots across 50 'restaurants' in the UK.
The fast food joint struck a deal with Aircharge to introduce around 600 of the charging points, all using the Qi standard which is backed by the Wireless Power Consortium.
Aircharge said that a trial of the technology went "very well", claiming that customers were willing to wait up to 30 minutes to use one of the charging mats.
Then Starbucks went one step further in January by installing the system initially in 10 London outlets. The coffee shop chain teamed up with charging tehnology outfit Powermat, which provides the built-in charging spots that create a magnetic field in a very focused area.
Starbucks' reason for rolling out wireless charging was to address the problem of dying smartphone batteries for its customers. It's therefore obvious that people are demanding more power for their devices and are seeking ways to top up batteries throughout the day.
Customers wanting to take advantage of the technology need to purchase a coil ring to plug into their device, which powers the magnetic field from a coil in the ring which converts it to electricity and charges the phone so it thinks it's on a cable.
If Intel has its way, wireless charging will not require additional accessories like Powermat. The company believes it should come as standard in all mobile devices, and is working to create this solution.
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