SnapTracs, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced the Tagg pet tracker, a new tracking device for cats and dogs over ten pounds. Expected to begin shipping in September, the tracking device weighs only 1.5 ounces and easily attaches to a pet's collar. The pet tracker is also waterproof, allowing pets to swim with the device on.
The Tagg Master Kit is priced at $199.99, which includes all hardware and a full year of service through Verizon Wireless 3G network. The Tagg tracks pets in two ways - by tracking a pets' location or by monitoring a pet within a designated Tagg zone established by the user. Owners can follow their pets through a mobile app or a website. The Tagg pet tracker is expected to last for 30 days without having to recharge the battery. However, this time frame is dependent on how often the Tagg tracker is pinged for a location. For families with more than one pet, additional trackers are available for $139.99.
Similarly, Garmin announced the updated version of their Astro dog tracker, the Astro 320 this past June. The Garmin Astro 320 is a GPS tracking system for sporting dogs. The updated version of the Astro series includes increased range, simplified user interface and must-have mapping capability.