How Does a GPS Pet Tracker Work?
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have been in the market for quite a while now. Mostly used in cars and other vehicles, a GPS will allow you to pinpoint your location and determine the correct direction in a matter of minutes. Using this same technology, companies have now incorporated GPS devices onto collars for pets. Pet owners are able to track their missing pets if they are lost or stolen using GPS pet locators.
All GPS Pet Trackers use satellites to find the location of the missing pet. The system then transmits the information regarding the whereabouts of your pet through the Internet, cell phone, or a special handheld device. Such protection occurs around the clock making sure your pet is safe 24/7. GPS Pet Tracking systems transmit information using either radio waves or cell phones. The problem with radio waves is that the transmission can be restricted where there is a limited signal. Likewise, GPS devices that use cell phones to communicate will only work if there is cell phone coverage available in that area.
The transmitter of the GPS tracker is built into a locator attach to a collar and is placed around the pet’s neck. Some GPS devices also allow owners to create virtual boundaries for their pets. If the dog leaves these ‘safe spots’ or zones, the owner is notified by text or email. Currently GPS pet tracking devices are more suited for medium to large sized dogs. The GPS Pet Tracker can also process a whole host of other information besides the location of your pet. The device can inform you when the battery needs to be recharged, and can offer real-time location updates throughout the day. Some devices can record the pet’s movements over the last couple of days and provide a history to the owner. Since these devices use GPS technology, you will receive not only the location of your missing pet, but also instructions and directions on how to get there. Some pet tracking devices are associated with a recovery center that can be contacted once the animal goes missing, thus creating, a combination of efforts for the fastest tracking and recovery of your lost pet.
Devices such as the SpotLight GPS Pet Locator have teamed up with the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR), the nation’s largest not-for-profit pet ID and recovery service. The SpotLight GPS Pet Locator is the smallest GPS device available on the market today; it is water resistant and built to last. SpotLight also offers an exclusive AKC CAR collar tag with a unique ID number that includes a lifetime enrollment in AKC CAR’s Recovery Service. With the latest Google Map technologies, you will be equipped to track and recover your missing pets as soon as possible. Owners of the SpotLight GPS Pet Locator also have access to their call center and the best recovery team available.
As an owner, there can be nothing more important than the safety of your beloved pet. Once your pet goes missing he /she is susceptible to accidents or being stolen. The sooner you are able to track your pet down and bring him back home, the better for everyone concerned. With GPS systems becoming more readily available, it is prudent for all pet owners to invest in one as soon as possible and save themselves a lot of time, money and worries in the long run.