According to an article released by FieldLogix, ownership of GPS-based tracking technology systems for pets is on the rise.
Whether a pet goes missing due to getting loose, running away, or even theft, GPS-based tracking systems are being used in the same capacity for vehicle tracking. Combining GPS satellites via GSM cellular networks or radio frequency (RFID) signals, the tracking unit worn by the pet acts in two capacities. First, it receives position coordinates from space satellites and then it transmits location date to a network where pet owners can read it via mobile device or computer.
When interviewed by FieldLogix, cat owner Peggy Adams, reported, “I woke up one morning and Cody, my beloved indoor cat, was gone…luckily we found him after a few painstaking hours. After this happened, I grew frustrated and decided to consider a GPS tracking system.” Adams is not alone in her concerns.
Experts agreed that about half of all pets in animal shelters yearly are either strays or lost. GPS tracking systems attach to a pet’s collar and are then monitored by handsets, computers, or mobile phones. In addition, the technology brings peace of mind to pet owners whose animals are set to have walks with dog walkers or pet sitters so the pet’s progress can be tracked.
An article from LandAirSea.com reveals that while pets benefit from GPS tracking technology, there are some considerations to keep in mind. First, there are not many choices on the market thus far. The average price is about $150 to $250 plus a monthly fee for the live tracking service. Users should also bear in mind that because the system is lightweight for pets to carry on their collars, batteries must be used and do wear out fast. When pets are gone for days on end, batteries may weaken and electronic communication can fail.