Taoglas Viking 4G antenna selected by VGo for all-in-one robotic telepresence solution

SAN DIEGO, CA -Taoglas Limited, the leading provider of antenna solutions to the M2M market announced today that VGo Communications, the leader in robotic telepresence, selected Taoglas’ PA.700.A “Viking” antenna for its innovative VGo telepresence robot. The VGo is a productivity improvement solution that enables a person, to be present at a distant location without physically being there, including the ability to move about the distant location.  The PA.700.A Viking antenna was chosen for its superior LTE performance, an average 65% efficiency, its small form factor, PCB surface mounting, and multi-band global cellular coverage.

“This is leading-edge technology and Taoglas has always been at the forefront of futuristic thinking,” says Dermot O’Shea, director at Taoglas.

“The PA.700.A “Viking” is breaking new ground in 4G antennas with an average of 65% efficiency across the bands. This optimizes device performance regardless of whether it is using 2G, 3G or 4G and on any network globally.” The PA.700.A antenna is a vital part of the wireless system that allows the VGo to move around inside a facility, in addition to providing two-way audio and video to the remote person who controls the VGo from their computer. For a small-scale multi-band antenna, the Viking boasts one of the highest efficiencies on the market.

“We chose Taoglas’ Viking antenna because it provides a broader choice for our customers in how they want to connect,” says Tim Root, VGo’s co-founder and VP of development. “Our decision was based on price and performance. The PA.700.A’s performance provided cost savings in the development of the system which, in turn, made it that much more affordable for our customers.”

Constructed of dense, high-grade ceramic, the PA.700.A Viking antenna is extremely robust and durable. This multi-band cellular antenna covers all worldwide cellular bands from 700 MHz to 960 MHz and 1710 MHz to 2170 MHz for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, DCS, PCS, UMTS, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE and LTE. It is delivered on tape and reel for surface mounting, saving on assembly costs and delivering greater performance consistency. Since no customization is required, development times are dramatically reduced. Signal loss is also minimized by a simple 50-Ohm CPW transmission line on the short end of the device board directly from the module to the antenna feed.