GPS Collars Do Not Guarantee Pet Safety
Evaluating Monitoring Collars For Pets
There is no denying that people love their pets. This statement is backed up by the fact that everyday dog parks across the country are filled with people taking their pooches on social outings, and that pet wardrobe has quickly become a multi-million dollar market. Not only are pet owners taking the time to ensure their pooch is getting proper exercise and having a good social life, but they are also spending cold hard cash so their dog can have novelty shirts and puppy shoes.
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Many dog owners are obsessive about their pets and are willing to do whatever is necessary to give their furry children the best and safest life possible. This is why many dog owners have been talking about GPS tracking collars as a way to protect their pooch in case the puppy ever became lost. Although GPS monitoring technology can provide a monitoring solution for business and consumers, the technology does have many shortcomings when it comes to something as serious as dog safety.
The biggest problem with GPS trackers used to monitor animals is that the real-time devices are small and are required to monitor activity for a fairly long duration of time. With a decrease in size comes a decrease in battery life, something that can be very problematic for pet owners. If a dog owner purchases a GPS tracking collar and places it on their pet, they would likely need to remove that collar from the dog and charge the battery nightly in order to ensure the GPS tracker has enough power.
Nothing could be worse than losing your pet then when you go to access the GPS tracking system collar you find that the battery is dead.
The other problem associated with pet tracking devices is that they are very dependent upon cellular technology. Anyone who has ever experienced a dropped call or traveled trough an area without cellular coverage understands the frustration of poor cellular service. However, when that same, sometimes frustrating, cellular technology is the only thing left protecting your pooch, the situation can be problematic. Since GPS tracking devices transmit recorded data over cellular networks that allow users to view the information in real-time if that GPS tracking unit (dog collar) is an area where cell phone coverage is weak or non-existent the user will not be able to access the GPS personal tracking data. This basically means the GPS monitoring collar for your pet will not work.
“GPS technology works great for applications related to GPS vehicle tracking and GPS fleet management, but when the technology is being used in remote areas limitations are experienced”, explained a salesperson working at Tracking System Direct. “Dogs often have a tendency to wander into fields or other areas where cellular coverage may be weak at best, therefore, the technology is helpful, but it in no way shape or form going to guarantee a family absolute safety of their pet.”
People need to be aware that GPS tracking technology, especially tracking devices designed for monitoring pets, is not full-proof and does have shortcomings. Although GPS tracking technology may help protect your pooch the best ways to ensure pet safety are using collars with updated information and contact numbers, and microchips.
Matthew is a freelance writer who is passionate about technology, music, photography, and decentralized finance.