PanGo announced today a Wi-Fi-based active RFID tag to identify and track thousands of mobile assets at significantly lower cost.

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 the Cisco 2700 Series Location Appliance and the ability for the tag to provide enhanced telemetry reporting.

The tag transmits ID and telemetry reports to 802.11 Wi-Fi access points. The access points measure the returned signal strength indication (RSSI) of the Wi-Fi signal and forward this data to a location engine which calculates the tag position.

“Our third generation tag is the most advanced Wi-Fi-based RFID tag in the industry”, said Michael McGuinness, president and CEO of PanGo.

G2’s ultra-low-power, active RFID System-on-Chip enables companies to tap asset-tracking capabilities at an average 75 percent reduction in total cost of ownership over earlier solutions. “Effective battery life has long been a weak link,” said John Gloekler, president and CEO of G2 Microsystems. “This new tag represents a quantum leap in power efficiency and location information availability.”

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.

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