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GPS pet tracking devices have been developed for tracking cats and
dogs that get lost. Thanks to the miniaturization of GPS devices, now
even pets can be tracked by the owner. The selection is not
satisfactory, but this probably will change rather fast.

If you have a dog or cat that can disappear, then a GPS pet-tracking
device is your best option. The same technology that enables parents
to track their kids, or rangers to follow tagged animals, will allow a
pet owner to track lost pets.

You can choose either a collar design or a backpack type that works
with a harness. But before you tell your pet goodbye, rushing out to
buy a GPS pet-tracking device, you need to consider a few important
things. For example, you should know that in addition to the system
having a GPS receiver, you also need a transmitter so that the
animal's location can be reported. This usually means a service

Some pet-tracker systems are used with GSM (Global System for
Mobile communication) that uses your GSM mobile phone and a SIM
card for tracking. Note that the SIM card provider needs to have a
service in the area where you'll be using the device. There are
various ways of accessing the information that your GPS receives.
These include via home phone, Internet, and software installed on
your computer. Phone access is not recommended and installed
software limits your access to information. Internet access to your
GPS data is the recommended way to go. You just log on, enter
your password and your pet is located.

Pet finding software allows you to define your pet's boundaries and
upload them to your computer. If your pet goes beyond its
boundaries then an alarm will sound and you can quickly locate
where the animal has gone. If you are traveling with your pet
beyond its boundaries you can disable the alarm, or if you are
visiting another area you can upload new boundaries. Most systems
allow you have more than one area entered.

pet tracking

As with most GPS devices, units vary in sophistication and so does
the pet-tracking GPS. You can choose a unit that gives location and
nothing else, or you can purchase a device that will give you location
and the information of how to get there, including reference points
along the way. As with any other product you buy, the device's
sophistication will depend on its price. The more expensive units will
give you more options. For example, if your animal is a water lover
make sure that the unit is waterproof.

There is a difference between dog tracker collars and GPS pet-
tracking devices. The former are usually limited in range to about half
a mile and are ineffective if your animal has been stolen and removed
from the area. Beacon devices can only be seen within the range of
the light.

Obviously, your pet has to wear the tracking device at all times,
otherwise it's useless. It won't help much if your pet walks out while
the tracking device stays home. Another problem is when animal
snatchers remove collars. Yet combined with micro chipping and
registration, pet-tracking GPS devices will go a long way to ensure
that your lost pet will be located. Following are a few recommended
products to consider.

The Pet Detective from Telepet is a smart concept to save power
from the batteries in the collar unit. The GPS pet tracking unit has an
extra antenna that receives a signal from a small base station in the
home. The signal is modifiable from 100 feet in diameter to 300 feet.
If the unit stops receiving the signal because the dog breached the
Virtual Fence, the unit goes to work getting a locate from the GPS
satellites and transmits through a GSM modem its location. It has a
strobe light that can be seen from over 100 yards away when in Lost
Pet Mode and lets the owner know by SMS, fax and email when the
battery is low. The base station is also a battery charger and it
comes with 2 rechargeable batteries so there is always a battery
ready. When the unit is receiving the base signal, all components
but the antenna and a small part of the firmware turn off to conserve
energy in our Power Management System.

The GPS pet tracking device RoamEO does not use a cell phone
modem to send your dog's location, but the MURS band at 154.60
MHz. This means that its radius of functioning is limited to about 1
mile in all directions, but it also means that you can use this GPS pet
tracking device anywhere on earth, even when there is no cell
phone coverage at all. It also means that there are no additional
communication costs or monthly fees to be paid. RoamEO has been
designed so that you can set up a GPS Fence. RoamEO uses GPS
coordinates that you establish by walking the perimeter of your
desired fence, and commits them to memory. RoamEO was designed
with three distinct screen shots. The following information is
available: your location, your pet's location, distance in feet, velocity
in MPH, direction your pet is heading, general compass, Electronic
Fence (if activated), battery life of collars, battery life of handheld
unit, GPS signal strength, radio signal strength, and zoom scale.

The Garmin Astro GPS pet tracking device does not use a cell phone
modem neither. Instead the information from dog to owner is
transmitted via VHF radio signals. The Astro GPS pet tracking system
includes a bright color-screen handheld GPS device and a wireless
transmitter, called the DC 20. To get started, just take Astro
outdoors and turn on the handheld and transmitter to acquire GPS
satellite signals. Then attach the DC 20 to your dog, either with the
included neoprene harness or by threading it onto an existing
1-inch e-collar.

The Astro handheld has all the features of Garminís top-line
handheld outdoor devices, including a barometric altimeter, microSD
card slot, celestial information, area calculator, rugged, IPX7
waterproof exterior and a revolutionary 3-axis compass, which works
no matter how the handheld is oriented. With optional detailed city
street maps, you can search for over 6 million points of interest and
create a route on roads with exact turn-by-turn directions.

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