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Tagg Your Pets with New GPS Pet Tracker
Written by Stacy Mantle
Monday, 15 August 2011 18:50
When PetsWeekly was asked to take a first look at a new GPS pet tracker that Qualcomm was developing, our ears perked up – a new GPS pet tracker? Could it really be possible someone finally created a product that has all the features we want to see in a tracking device? They didn’t have to ask us twice – we were more than a little anxious to take a close look at this device.
We weren’t disappointed. Like everything else they create, this pet tracking device sets the standard for pet location services, and offers a wide array of additional services to boot.
Tagg—The Pet Tracker™, is an advanced pet tracking system equipped with GPS and wireless capabilities that enables pets to stay in touch with their parents. Let’s start at the beginning…
Designer Look, Amazing Battery The sleek, stylish design and lightweight collar is unique for a number of reasons. The first is its extraordinary battery life – up to 30 days on a single charge. This is a collar clearly designed for daily use and that’s important when it comes to your pets. The last thing you want to worry about if your pet escapes the yard is how long the battery of your GPS tracker will last. But even when it does start to wear down (about 30 days from the time to charge it), you’ll receive text messages that tell you its time to charge it. Purchasing multiple collars will enable you to switch out a charged unit and make sure your pet is protected at all times.
Lightweight Design for Any Size Pet Designed for pets over 10 lbs, this device can be used on nearly every dog and cat. Measuring only 4 3/8” long, 1-3/8” wide, and only ¾” tall, it is simple to attach to any sized pet collar making it the perfect choice for both dogs and cats. Because the tracker is designed to be worn at all times, it’s waterproofed, so there is no worry that your pet will negate the collars performance by taking a quick swim in a nearby lake or river.
Single Base Unit, Multiple Collars If you have more than one animal, you’re going to love this device. It’s really designed for multi-pet households and doesn’t require multiple base units. That means, you can charge multiple pet collars with only one charger.
Geo Fences and Boundaries The Tagg pet tracking system uses advanced GPS tracking technology to allow you to see where your dog is and be notified if he or she wanders off or leaves a designated area. The areas you create are called “Geo-fences” and they are simple to set up from your phone or computer. Other convenient factors have been built into this design including a trip button which allows you to head to the vet’s or take a walk without receiving alert messages. Heading out of town? No problem – alter the geofence to keep track of your pet on the road, at the dog park, or while traveling.
Collar attachment If you’re like us and you love your pet’s collar, you don’t need to worry about changing it out. The Tagg tracker attaches securely to any collar with a two-piece snap. While it doesn’t firmly attach to beaded or jeweled collars as well, it will dress up even the plainest nylon, cotton or leather collar. If your dog has multiple collars, they do recommend one set-up per collar.
Notifications via text message or email From texts about your dog leaving the Tagg zone to emails that tell you it's time to charge your tracker, Tagg notifications make it the most efficient dog tracking system on the market. Large network provides massive coverage Tagg—The Pet Tracker service is provided on the Verizon Wireless network, giving pet parents reliable access to tracking information via its nationwide coverage. Water-resistant The Tagg collar has a water resistance of IP67, so it can be worn everywhere, even for a light swim. Whether your pet loves to run through the sprinklers or chase a ball into a lake, the collar is going to hold up to the activity.
What you need at home
Internet connection on a PC, Mac or Smartphone
Browser (supported browser compatibility includes: Windows IE 7 and 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.x and Macintosh Firefox 3.x, and Safari 5).
Tagg Service: A subscription to the Tagg service is required.
Docking Station: (included) Each Tagg tracker must be paired to a docking station in order for system to function. Multiple Tagg trackers can be used with one docking station.
Affordable pricing makes it accessible to all The Tagg Master Kit, which includes all hardware and one full year of service, is $199.99 and has an anticipated September ship date. Individual trackers for additional pets in the same family are also available.
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