Wireless Applications

PanGo Introduces Wi-Fi-Based RFID Tag

February 5, 2007

The third-generation asset-tracking tag features a smaller form factor, enhanced functionality, and extended battery life.


Framingham, MA, -- PanGo, The Enterprise Asset Tracking Solutions Company, announced the availability of its third-generation Wi-Fi-based active RFID tag, giving organizations new ability to identify and monitor the location of thousands of mobile assets, inventory, and personnel at a significantly lower total cost of ownership.

Key new features of PanGo's tag include an updated ergonomic form factor, battery life of over 5 years, and integrated alert-button functionality. Additionally, the new tag is the "first" to be compatible with the Cisco Certified Extensions (CCX) Tag Protocol, a Wi-Fi communication mode that enables a higher level of location accuracy for Cisco 2700 Series Location Appliance customers and the ability for the tag to provide enhanced telemetry reporting.

"One of the primary challenges faced by customers adopting asset-tracking solutions has been sourcing a long lasting tag at a reasonable cost," said Michael McGuinness, President and CEO of PanGo. "Our third-generation tag is the most advanced Wi-Fi-based RFID tag in the industry, supporting a wide spectrum of vertical market applications and capable of efficiently and cost effectively enabling precise location information needed by the applications that drive real business value."

Markets including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and government are increasingly leveraging real-time location and radio-frequency identification systems to optimize their business processes and efficiencies. In all industries, PanGo customers will gain expanded ability to leverage the mobility features of their wireless local area networks (WLANs) to accurately locate tagged mobile assets, minimizing time-consuming and cost-prohibitive manual searches.

"PanGo has long been a champion of standards-based approaches to location tracking, and that matters to customers because it helps to ensure future-proofed solutions while instantly extending investments in wireless networking infrastructures," said Alan Cohen, Senior Director, Mobility Solutions, Cisco. "PanGo's new Wi-Fi asset-tracking tag makes location information readily available to an organization's business processes while lowering the key barriers to entry—the combination generates a rapid and compelling ROI."

Advanced features of PanGo's new tag give users unprecedented flexibility to optimize tag performance for every use-case. Customizable location reporting intervals and rules, detachment detection, remote configuration and management, and enhanced security features make maintaining tagged assets easier than ever. The high availability of these features are made possible, in large part, by the "first" chip designed specifically for use in active RFID tags, from G2 Microsystems.

G2's ultra-low-power, active RFID system-on-chip enables companies to tap asset-tracking capabilities at an average 75% reduction in total cost of ownership over earlier solutions. Designing chips to seamlessly integrate location information based on Wi-Fi, active RFID technologies, or passive RFID sensors, G2 is the first company to develop an integrated circuit architecture specifically for the demanding power requirements of active asset tracking tags.

"Effective battery life has long been a weak link for many RTLS systems," said John Gloekler, President and CEO of G2 Microsystems. "We are pleased to partner with PanGo to turn this question mark into a non-issue, as this new tag represents a quantum leap in power efficiency and location-information availability. It will surely represent a key catalyst for driving the continued, exponential growth of this market."

The PanGo tag is a key component of PanGo's enterprise asset tracking solution that includes the PanOS location management platform and the PanGo Locator asset tracking application. The new tag begins shipping in February.

About PanGo
PanGo is a leading provider of a location-aware platform and applications designed for enterprise-scale deployment. Its integrated location-management solution allows organizations to transform standards-based wireless networks and active and passive RFID infrastructures into a platform for intelligent applications that improve important business processes. With its flagship PanOS Platform and asset tracking applications, PanGo offers the industry's "first" complete solution for real-time asset visibility and context-aware information delivery. Specializing in a range of markets, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and government, PanGo delivers reliable and accurate information about the location of connected devices, people, and assets. For more information, visit the company's Web site or contact Ken Lynch, Director, Product Marketing, PanGo, at 508-626-8900 x 238 or ken.lynch@pango.com.


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