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.”

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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 percent 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.